exculpatory evidence
exculpatory evidence see evidence

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

exculpatory evidence
n.
Evidence that helps clear a defendant of guilt.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


exculpatory evidence
Evidence that points toward a defendants innocence. Prosecutors are required to automatically hand over such evidence to the defense, even if the defense doesnt request it, and a showing that this rule was violated can sometimes result in a conviction being reversed.
Category: Criminal Law → Rights of Suspects & Defendants

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

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