hearsay evidence


Definition of hearsay evidence

: evidence based not on a witness's personal knowledge but on another's statement not made under oath

Examples of hearsay evidence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bombshell decision to remove the juror also came a day after Schroeder scolded Binger for attempting to introduce hearsay evidence into the trial. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 4 Nov. 2021 The convening of this type of grand jury is common in complex cases, such as the Trump investigation, because, unlike with a federal grand jury, prosecutors cannot present hearsay evidence to a state grand jury. Sonia Moghe, CNN, 26 May 2021 But without a recording device, hearsay evidence is not scientifically sufficient. Avi Loeb, Scientific American, 1 Mar. 2021 Boyd agreed to drop another part of the bill, having to do with allowing hearsay evidence to be included in domestic violence trials. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 19 May 2020 In January 2017, Menendez previously dropped the felony charges because prosecutors improperly presented hearsay evidence to the grand jury. Matt Miller, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Mar. 2018 Like his son, Louis Till’s trial included hearsay evidence, racial profiling and the assumption that, if given a chance, a black man would always rape a white woman. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, 3 Feb. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of hearsay evidence

1753, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hearsay evidence was in 1753

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“Hearsay evidence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearsay%20evidence. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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Legal Definition of hearsay evidence

— see evidence


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