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

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Recent Examples on the Web Demery pleaded guilty and turned state's evidence against Green, who denied the crime and is still seeking his release. Josh Shaffer,, "Man convicted of killing Michael Jordan’s father to be paroled," 18 Aug. 2020

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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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“State's evidence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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