state of mind exception

Definition of "state of mind exception"
  1. 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)
How to use "state of mind exception" in a sentence
  1. The defense lawyer invoked the state of mind exception to admit his client's diary as evidence.
  2. In the murder trial, the prosecutor argued that the defendant's letters fell under the state of mind exception to the hearsay rule.
  3. 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.

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