State v. Ballantyne

In State v. Ballantyne, 128 Ariz. 68, 70-71, 623 P.2d 857, 859-60 (App. 1981), the prosecutor questioned the defendant about his alleged ties to the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang to demonstrate the defendant's expertise with motorcycles, a relevant fact in the context of the defendant's prosecution for aggravated assault on a police officer. Observing that the defendant had already admitted his familiarity with motorcycles in general and with his own motorcycle in particular, we found that any probative value his ties to the notorious motorcycle gang might have was outweighed by the highly prejudicial nature of that affiliation. Id. at 71, 623 P.2d at 860.