state's evidence

noun, often capitalized S

Definition of state's evidence

: a participant in a crime or an accomplice who gives evidence for the prosecution especially in return for a reduced sentence also : the evidence given used chiefly in the phrase turn state's evidence

Examples of state's evidence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Defense counsel Corey Chirafisi called for a mistrial Wednesday afternoon, after a lengthy discussion among the judge and other lawyers about a key piece of the state's evidence — video taken by a private drone. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Nov. 2021 However, a weekslong Courier Journal investigation into the case against Baker found the state's evidence to be overwhelming and the argument for his innocence thin. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 11 Aug. 2021 However, a weekslong Courier Journal investigation into the case against Baker found the state's evidence to be overwhelming and the argument for his innocence thin. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 11 Aug. 2021 However, a weekslong Courier Journal investigation into the case against Baker found the state's evidence to be overwhelming and the argument for his innocence thin. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 11 Aug. 2021 However, a weekslong Courier Journal investigation into the case against Baker found the state's evidence to be overwhelming and the argument for his innocence thin. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 1 June 2021 However, a weekslong Courier Journal investigation into the case against Baker found the state's evidence to be overwhelming and the argument for his innocence thin. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 1 June 2021 However, a weekslong Courier Journal investigation into the case against Baker found the state's evidence to be overwhelming and the argument for his innocence thin. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 1 June 2021 However, a weekslong Courier Journal investigation into the case against Baker found the state's evidence to be overwhelming and the argument for his innocence thin. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 1 June 2021

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First Known Use of state's evidence

1787, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of state's evidence was in 1787

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29 Nov 2021

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“State's evidence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/state%27s%20evidence. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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state's evidence

noun

Legal Definition of state's evidence

: a participant or accomplice in a crime who gives evidence to the prosecution especially in return for a reduced sentence used chiefly in the phrase turn state's evidence

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