Here's the response I would make:
The statement is not an assertion of fact. "I'll kill you..." is a threat, not an assertion. "I'll lose my job ... " is not a fact because it had not happened yet. It is a prediction of the future.
Next, Sammy testifies that Bob told him the employee was violent. What is the best objection the defense could make?
I object to evidence of the employee's violent tendencies as character evidence.
It is always a bad idea to object on hearsay grounds if any alternative is available, because most hearsay is eventually admitted.
If the defense objected on hearsay grouns, what is the plaintiff's best response?
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