Definition of turn King's or Queen's or US state's evidence in English:
Law (Of a criminal) give information in court against one’s partners in order to receive a less severe punishment: in exchange for not being prosecuted he agreed to turn Queen’s evidence
More 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.
- He is currently serving seven years after admitting his role and has told the court he would have received 28 years if he had not turned Queen's evidence.
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