Definition of state's evidence in US English:

state's evidence

noun

US Law
  • Evidence for the prosecution given by a participant in or accomplice to the crime being tried.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some read it as a cautionary tale for anyone contemplating turning state's evidence in antitrust trials.’
    • ‘Two of his codefendants confessed to their parts in the robbery, and one codefendant turned state's evidence in return for a reduced sentence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

state's evidence

/ˌstāts ˈevədəns/