As affecting the credibility of a witness (a) in examining the witness as to a statement
made by him or her in writing inconsistent with any part of his or her testimony it
shall not be necessary to show or read to the witness any part of the writing provided
that if the judge deems it feasible the time and place of the writing and the name
of the person addressed, if any, shall be indicated to the witness; (b) extrinsic
evidence of prior contradictory statements, whether oral or written, made by the witness,
may in the discretion of the judge be excluded unless the witness was so examined
while testifying as to give him or her an opportunity to identify, explain or deny
the statement; (c) evidence of traits of his or her character other than honesty
or veracity or their opposites, shall be inadmissible; (d) evidence of specific instances
of his or her conduct relevant only as tending to prove a trait of his or her character,
shall be inadmissible.
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