This Note examines State v. Beam in light of the history of the residual exceptions under the Federal Rules of Evidence and the construction given the provisions by various courts and legal writers. It concludes by suggesting the proper application of the residual exceptions and by highlighting the factors which need to be emphasized in reaching such a determination.

I. Introduction

II. The Beam Decision … A. The Facts … B. The Supreme Court Decision

III. Analysis

IV. Conclusion