- evidence for the crown given by an accused person against his or her alleged accomplices.
Compare state's evidence.
Also called, when a queen is sovereign, queen's evidence.
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- English law (when the sovereign is female) evidence given for the Crown against his or her former associates in crime by an accomplice (esp in the phrase turn queen's evidence)Also called (when the sovereign is male): king's evidence US equivalent: state's evidence
- (when the sovereign is male) another name for queen's evidence
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