state of mind exception
- An exclusion from the prohibition on hearsay evidence, allowing evidence about what the speaker was thinking or feeling (for instance, an expression of intent or reason)
- The defense lawyer invoked the state of mind exception to admit his client's diary as evidence.
- In the murder trial, the prosecutor argued that the defendant's letters fell under the state of mind exception to the hearsay rule.
- The state of mind exception was applied to allow a witness to testify about a conversation they had with the accused, even though it technically was hearsay.