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state's evidence

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.
evidence for the state, especially in criminal trials.
Origin of state's evidence
First recorded in 1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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state's evidence

noun (in the US)
the evidence for the prosecution given on behalf of a state in a criminal prosecution
evidence given for the state by an accomplice against his former associates in crime (esp in the phrase turn state's evidence) Brit equivalent king's evidence, queen's evidence
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