Now to substance. To intelligently analyze what changes to the hearsay rule should be considered, one needs to examine: first, the overall objectives of the field of evidence; second, the particular objectives of the Federal Rules of Evidence; third, how well the hearsay rule advances, or retards, those objectives; and finally, the sense and sensibility of any proposed changes.
Ronald J. Allen,
The Hearsay Rule as a Rule of Admission Revisited,
84 Fordham L. Rev. 1395
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