Definition of state's evidence in English:

state's evidence

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • turn state's evidence

    • (of a criminal) give information in court against one's partners in order to receive a less severe punishment oneself.

      • ‘Two of his codefendants confessed to their parts in the robbery, and one codefendant turned state's evidence in return for a reduced sentence.’
      • ‘He's thinking of turning state's evidence and wants me to try to get him immunity after the mess with the Bulls is cleared up.’
      • ‘Tye turned state's evidence, and has never been charged.’
      • ‘He must say that I shall only leave him alone if he turns King's evidence and tells all he knows of the plot against the King.’
      • ‘One turned state's evidence, admitted his involvement and expressed remorse.’
      • ‘Jackson turned state's evidence against his cohorts.’
      • ‘This book relies predominantly on the evidence of pentiti, mafiosi who have turned state's evidence, to piece together a history.’
      • ‘Some read it as a cautionary tale for anyone contemplating turning state's evidence in antitrust trials.’
      • ‘And his drug suppliers turned state's evidence basically, got immunity and turned him in to a multi-agency taskforce.’
      • ‘He is currently serving seven years after admitting his role and has told the court he would have received 28 years if he had not turned Queen's evidence.’
    • Give evidence for the prosecution.

      ‘persuading one-time gang members to turn state's evidence’
      • ‘They'll either prosecute him or they'll let him roll and turn state's evidence and get some kind of immunity.’
      • ‘Personally, I was surprised neither one of them tried to turn state's evidence against the other.’
      • ‘It displays the old left assumption that all state sector workers should turn state's evidence, and state's investigator.’
      • ‘I decide to turn state's evidence against the Bamboo Union, in particular against some very senior members on some very serious crimes.’
      • ‘Anthony had made a deal with the District Attorney to turn state's evidence and testify against Smith, if they ever caught him.’

Pronunciation

state's evidence

/ˌstāts ˈevədəns/