evidentiary harpoon

Definition of "evidentiary harpoon"
  1. An improper piece of evidence, typically represented by a statement from a law enforcement officer, that the prosecution knowingly presents with the intention to unfairly bias the jury against the defendant
How to use "evidentiary harpoon" in a sentence
  1. The defense objected to the seeming evidentiary harpoon when the officer's personal opinion was stated to the jury.
  2. To ensure fair trials, courts take precautions to prevent the use of an evidentiary harpoon.
  3. The mention of the defendant's past, unrelated crimes was deemed an evidentiary harpoon and resulted in a mistrial.

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