evidentiary harpoon
evidentiary harpoon n [from the comparison of such evidence to a harpoon, which can be retracted after it has injured its target]: evidence consisting esp. of a police officer's statement that is improper and is knowingly offered by the prosecution to prejudice the defendant in the eyes of the jury

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

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  • evidentiary harpoon — Exists where prosecution through its witnesse : successfully places before jury improper evidence, such as previous arrests and convictions of defendant, in situations where such evidence would not be admissible. Kramer v. State, 258 Ind. 257,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • evidentiary harpoon — Exists where prosecution through its witnesse : successfully places before jury improper evidence, such as previous arrests and convictions of defendant, in situations where such evidence would not be admissible. Kramer v. State, 258 Ind. 257,… …   Black's law dictionary

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