exculpatory evidence

Definition of "exculpatory evidence"
  1. Evidence that supports a defendant's innocence, which must be given to the defense by prosecutors unasked; if this rule is broken, the verdict could be overturned
How to use "exculpatory evidence" in a sentence
  1. The defense lawyer strongly believes that the withheld surveillance footage is critical exculpatory evidence.
  2. The judge ordered the prosecution to provide all exculpatory evidence to the defense prior to trial.
  3. Overlooked exculpatory evidence was found which led to the defendant's appeal for a new trial.

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