: things doneespecially: the facts that form the environment of a litigated issue and are admissible in evidence
Examples of res gestae in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebFor example, facts like Uber's use of ephemeral messaging may be used to explain gaps in Waymo's proof that Uber misappropriated trade secrets or to supply proof that is part of the res gestae of the case (like the due diligence report).
Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, 4 Feb. 2018
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1: the acts, facts, circumstances, statements, or occurrences that form the environment of a main act or event and especially of a crime and are so closely connected to it that they constitute part of a continuous transaction and can serve to illustrate its characterthe decedent's statement…was too far removed in time and place to be admissible as part of the res gestae — Lynch v. State, 552 N.E.2d 56 (1990)
Res gestae in common law encompassed a variety of different exceptions to the hearsay rule, but most modern rules of evidence (as the Federal Rules of Evidence) have abandoned use of res gestae and specify the different exceptions on their own terms.
b: an exception to the exclusionary rule against the use of other crimes as evidence that permits such use when another crime is closely enough connected to the one in dispute as to form part of a continuous episode or transaction