No. 83-912.

469 U.S. 38 (1984)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided December 10, 1984.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

James I. Marcus argued the cause and filed a brief for petitioner.

Bruce N. Kuhlik argued the cause pro hac vice for the United States. With him on the brief were Solicitor General Lee, Assistant Attorney General Trott, Deputy Solicitor General Frey, and Sara Criscitelli.

CHIEF JUSTICE BURGER delivered the opinion of the Court.

We granted certiorari to resolve a conflict among the Circuits as to whether the defendant, who did not testify at trial, is entitled to review of the District Court's ruling denying his motion to forbid the use of a prior conviction to impeach his credibility.


Petitioner was indicted on charges of conspiracy, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, in violation of 21 U. S. C...

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