Queen's evidence


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queen's evidence

n
(Law) English law (when the sovereign is female) evidence given for the Crown against his or her former associates in crime by an accomplice (esp in the phrase turn queen's evidence). Also called (when the sovereign is male): king's evidence US equivalent: state's evidence

Queen's evidence

1. state’s evidence
2. In British courts, evidence given by a criminal against his associates in favor of the Crown.
References in classic literature ?
But we consider you a very bad Queen's Evidence," Lady Muriel added playfully, as we entered the arbour.
It focuses on Peter Wildeblood (Mays), a gay journalist whose lover turned Queen's evidence against him in a trial that saw Wildeblood jailed for homosexual offences.
It focuses on Peter Wildeblood (Mays), a gay journalist whose lover turned Queen's evidence against him in a trial that would see Wildeblood and his friends Lord Montagu and Michael Pitt-Rivers jailed for homosexual offences.
He turned Queen's evidence and ratted out his friend Fraser, claiming he'd told him he'd hired a hitman to kill Arlene.
He vowed to repeat his astonishing claims to bring about convictions, saying: "I'm prepared to go Queen's evidence on this statement.
He was the first informer to get a written deal from the Director of Public Prosecutions, and remains the only informer to serve no time in return for turning Queen's evidence.
His friend Hector Dick, who faced the same charges and turned Queen's evidence, claimed Fraser had burned Arlene's body and ground the remains into small pieces which he had scattered over the Moray landscape.
Yesterday, as Fraser enjoyed a stroll on the beach near his home to mark his first full day out of jail, former pal Hector Dick, who turned Queen's evidence to help nail Fraser at his trial, vowed: "He won't drive me out.
And gangsters who turn Queen's Evidence could have their sentences cut by more than two-thirds --or even win immunity from prosecution -if they shop the gang leaders.
Vince Bradish was on the run for eight months but Roberts was arrested a few days after the foiled raid - and agreed to turn Queen's evidence.
And the former prime suspect in the Arlene Fraser murder, Hector Dick, was warned he was at risk after turning Queen's evidence against her husband Nat.