What is the test for determining credibility of a prosecution witness?

California, United States of America


The following excerpt is from People v. Morfin, F071568 (Cal. App. 2017):

In determining the credibility of a witness, the trier of fact may consider, among other things, the "existence or nonexistence of a bias, interest, or other motive." (Evid. Code, 780, subd. (f).) Nonetheless, trial courts retain wide latitude to impose reasonable limits on defense inquiry into potential bias of a prosecution witness. (People v. Price (1991) 1 Cal.4th 324, 422, superseded on other grounds as stated in People v. Hinks (1997) 58 Cal.App.4th 1157, 1162.)

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