prior inconsistent statement

prior inconsistent statement
prior in·con·sis·tent statement /-ˌin-kən-sis-tənt-/ n: a witness's statement made out of court prior to testifying that is inconsistent with the witness's testimony and that may be offered to impeach the witness's credibility compare prior consistent statement
◇ If a prior inconsistent statement was made under oath subject to the penalties of perjury at a previous proceeding (as a deposition or grand jury hearing), the statement is not hearsay under Federal Rule of Evidence 801(d)(1) and may be offered to prove that what was asserted in the statement is true.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

prior inconsistent statement
A statement made earlier outside of court by a witness that contradicts his or her statement made on the witness stand.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

prior inconsistent statement
n. A witness's statement made out of court that differs from his or her testimony in court. Even though the prior statement may have been hearsay, it may be used for purposes of impeaching the witness.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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