One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounEnglish Law
Evidence for the prosecution given by a participant in or accomplice to the crime being tried.‘what happens if they turn Queen's evidence?’
- ‘However, the use of Queen's evidence is always fraught with controversy as witnesses have a clear personal incentive to give the testimony.’
- ‘The 33-year-old was facing a much stiffer sentence but it was reduced after he turned supergrass and gave Queen's Evidence against a corrupt police officer.’
- ‘Offenders will be guaranteed in writing that if they plead guilty and turn Queen's evidence, the sentencing judge will be told of their cooperation and they can expect a lower sentence.’
- ‘Initially he was a defendant but he turned Queen's evidence and helped secure the conviction of a gang involved in the importation of up to 40 kilos of heroin.’
- ‘I'm glad she gave Queen's evidence but am under no illusions as to her motivations.’
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