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state's evidence

Syllabification: state's ev·i·dence

Definition of state's evidence in English:

noun

Law
Evidence for the prosecution given by a participant in or accomplice to the crime being tried.
Example sentences
  • Two of his codefendants confessed to their parts in the robbery, and one codefendant turned state's evidence in return for a reduced sentence.
  • Some read it as a cautionary tale for anyone contemplating turning state's evidence in antitrust trials.
  • Although Denny's assailants appeared to have free rein in the unpoliced intersection, several suspects were later identified through news footage turned state's evidence.

Phrases

turn state's evidence

1
Give evidence for the prosecution: persuading one-time gang members to turn state’s evidence
More example sentences
  • They'll either prosecute him or they'll let him roll and turn state's evidence and get some kind of immunity.
  • Anthony had made a deal with the District Attorney to turn state's evidence and testify against Smith, if they ever caught him.
  • Personally, I was surprised neither one of them tried to turn state's evidence against the other.

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