hearsay evidence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hearsay evidence evidence based on what someone has told the witness and not of direct knowledge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hearsay evidence (Law) that species of testimony which consists in a narration by one person of matters told him by another. It is, with a few exceptions, inadmissible as testimony.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hearsay evidence evidence at second hand
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hýran; Dut. hooren, Ice. heyra, Ger. hören, Goth. hausjan.

Usage

In literature:

The objection to the exclusion of hearsay evidence is equally unfounded.
"Ethics in Service" by William Howard Taft
The mass of it is an accumulation of hearsay evidence.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Yes, Monsieur, but surely you know the rule about hearsay evidence.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
One of the favourite formulae, for example, tells us, 'hearsay is no evidence.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
It would be hearsay evidence, and such evidence was not admissible in any court of law.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
The members of the Commission were not content with hearsay evidence.
"Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles" by Daniel Hack Tuke
It is hearsay upon hearsay, and I do not chose to rest my belief upon such evidence.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
I want you to tell me yourself; I am never content to accept hearsay evidence against my friends.
"A Monk of Cruta" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
But this was all hearsay evidence.
"A Soldier's Trial" by Charles King
Oral evidence may be admitted to establish the location of monuments, and even hearsay evidence may be used for the purpose.
"Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman" by Albert Sidney Bolles
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In news:

The attorneys for convicted murderer Drew Peterson said there's no doubt the case will be heard on appeal, calling it a "dark day in America" when someone can be convicted on hearsay evidence.
That's what she said: Fact finding not required for domestic violence hearsay evidence.
Jurors say hearsay evidence was critical in Peterson's conviction.
I'm troubled by the two letters in the Aug 30 "Voice of the People" fearing that Drew Peterson is not getting a fair trial due to some hearsay testimony being allowed as evidence.
Key hearsay evidence survives challenge.
The Illinois Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to rule on whether hearsay evidence can be used at the murder trial of Drew Peterson.
Citing hearsay rules, the Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed a trial court's finding that the state may not introduce into evidence statements that could implicate a man who is facing murder charges.
A judge will decide if hearsay evidence can be used in the Drew Peterson murder case.
That's what she said: Fact finding not required for domestic violence hearsay evidence .
"The one hold out was me, and, I was concerned about the hearsay evidence and circumstantial evidence, and I needed more time to think about it," Ron Supalo, juror, said.
The murder trial of former suburban police officer Drew Peterson was always going to hinge on his dead ex-wife's testimony "from the grave" and other hearsay evidence.
A recent Michigan Supreme Court decision has clarified the "spontaneity" requirement under the "tender years" hearsay exception, Michigan Rule of Evidence 803A.
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