state's evidence
noun Usage: often capitalized S Date: 1787 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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  • 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 — Infobox Film name = State s Evidence caption = director = Benjamin Louis writer = Mark Brown starring = Douglas Smith, Alexa Vega, Majandra Delfino, Kris Lemche, Cody McMains, Drew Tyler Bell budget = US$200,000 $400,000The budget was actually… …   Wikipedia

  • state's evidence — 1. evidence given by an accomplice in a crime who becomes a voluntary witness against the other defendants: The defendants case was lost when one of them turned state s evidence. 2. evidence for the state, esp. in criminal trials. [1790 1800] * * …   Universalium

  • To turn 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

  • Turn state's evidence — To turn state s evidence is when an accused or convicted criminal testifies as a witness for the state against his associates or accomplices. Turning state s evidence is occasionally a result of a change of heart or feelings of guilt, but more… …   Wikipedia

  • turn state's evidence — index confess Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 turn state s evidence …   Law dictionary

  • State's prison — 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

  • Crown'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

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