state's evidence

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

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

state's evidence
A colloquial term for testimony given by an accomplice or joint participant in the commission of a crime, subject to an agreement that the person will be granted immunity from prosecution if she voluntarily, completely, and fairly discloses her own guilt as well as that of the other participants.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


state's evidence
A colloquial term for testimony given by an accomplice or joint participant in the commission of a crime, subject to an agreement that the person will be granted immunity from prosecution if she voluntarily, completely, and fairly discloses her own guilt as well as that of the other participants.

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  • State's evidence — Evidence Ev i*dence, n. [F. [ e]vidence, L. Evidentia. See {Evident}.] 1. That which makes evident or manifest; that which furnishes, or tends to furnish, proof; any mode of proof; the ground of belief or judgement; as, the evidence of our… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • state's evidence — Evidence Ev i*dence, n. [F. [ e]vidence, L. Evidentia. See {Evident}.] 1. That which makes evident or manifest; that which furnishes, or tends to furnish, proof; any mode of proof; the ground of belief or judgement; as, the evidence of our… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • State's evidence — State State (st[=a]t), n. [OE. stat, OF. estat, F. [ e]tat, fr. L. status a standing, position, fr. stare, statum, to stand. See {Stand}, and cf. {Estate}, {Status}.] 1. The circumstances or condition of a being or thing at any given time. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • state's evidence — ☆ state s evidence n. Law evidence given by or for the prosecution in a criminal case, usually evidence given by a criminal against his or her associates evidence given by or for the prosecution in a criminal case, usually evidence given by a… …   English World dictionary

  • state's evidence — noun turn state s evidence AMERICAN LEGAL a person involved in a crime who turns state s evidence gives evidence in a criminal trial against other people also involved in that crime, usually in order to receive less severe punishment …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • State's evidence — n AmE turn State s evidence if a criminal turns State s evidence, they give information in a court of law about other criminals …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • state's evidence — state s′ ev′idence n. law evidence for the prosecution given by an accomplice in a crime • turn state s evidence Etymology: 1790–1800 …   From formal English to slang

  • state's evidence — noun evidence for the prosecution in criminal proceedings • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑evidence * * * noun turn state s evidence US law ◇ If you are charged with a crime and you …   Useful english dictionary

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  • state's evidence — n. to turn state s evidence (see also King s evidence, Queen s evidence) * * * [ˌsteɪts evɪd(ə)ns] to turn state s evidence (see also King s evidence, Queen s evidence) …   Combinatory dictionary

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