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prior consistent statement

noun prior con·sis·tent statement \-kən-ˈsis-tənt-\

Legal Definition of prior consistent statement

  1. :  a witness's statement made out of court prior to testifying that is consistent with the witness's testimony — compare prior inconsistent statement

Additional Notes on prior consistent statement

A prior consistent statement may be offered as evidence to rebut a charge that a witness's testimony is fabricated, provided that the witness is available to be cross-examined. Under Federal Rule of Evidence 801(d)(1), a prior consistent statement of a witness testifying at trial and subject to cross-examination is not hearsay.


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