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[mass noun] Evidence for the prosecution given by a participant in or accomplice to the crime being tried.
- ‘Some read it as a cautionary tale for anyone contemplating turning state's evidence in antitrust trials.’
- ‘Although Denny's assailants appeared to have free rein in the unpoliced intersection, several suspects were later identified through news footage turned state's evidence.’
- ‘In addition to its formal analysis, the book explains the historical origins of the mafia, and is filled with anecdotes drawn from interviews and court testimony of Mafiosi turned state's evidence.’
- ‘Two of his codefendants confessed to their parts in the robbery, and one codefendant turned state's evidence in return for a reduced sentence.’
- ‘At the same time, the police and prosecuting authorities are being given the option of deploying undercover officers as agents provocateurs, and then using them to provide state's evidence.’
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