(redirected from Exculpatory evidence)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Wikipedia.


Tending to clear someone, especially a suspect, of guilt or blame; exonerative.


(ɪkˈskʌl pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

tending to clear from a charge of fault or guilt.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.exculpatory - clearing of guilt or blame
clean-handed, guiltless, innocent - free from evil or guilt; "an innocent child"; "the principle that one is innocent until proved guilty"
inculpative, inculpatory - causing blame to be imputed to
References in periodicals archive ?
Besides the new information damaging his witness's credibility, "the accused has a constitutional right to the timely disclosure of exculpatory evidence," Berlin said.
The suit also alleged that exculpatory evidence, including body fluids found at the crime scene that didnt match Allens DNA, was withheld from the defense.
We are taught early on that it's essential to see all sides, to give everyone a chance to explain and to check for exculpatory evidence that may have been missed.
Fairfax County Commonwealths Attorney Ray Morrogh said his office discloses police reports to defense counsel, but redacts information that might invade the privacy of civilians or good Samaritans who cooperate with police, unless the information is exculpatory, might lead to exculpatory evidence or has evidentiary value.
Lorot says Linturi cannot claim that the commission ignored exculpatory evidence in the course of its investigations because he refused to comply with summons to present himself for interrogations.
In reckless imprudence cases where motorcycle riders or pedestrians are injured, it is a waste of time as charges against car drivers become a foregone conclusion - regardless of exculpatory evidence which prosecutors perfunctorily pass on to the courts to decide upon later, thus contributing to the severe congestion in the court dockets.
Depending on the facts--and the proposed settlement terms--your attorney may instead advise proceeding to a formal hearing to present exculpatory evidence and to confront the complainant.
They have no statutory or constitutional obligation before a guilty plea to turn over discovery that helps the defendant ("exculpatory evidence"), although the Department of Justice generally requires prosecutors to turn over exculpatory evidence (but not evidence that could impeach a government witness) before a guilty plea.
Mr Kearney also claimed the trial judges had disregarded a large body of circumstantial, exculpatory evidence which "we suggest totally undermines the validity of the verdict".
Depending on the facts - and the proposed settlement terms - your attorney may instead advise proceeding to a formal hearing to present exculpatory evidence and to confront the complainant.
The district court weighed it against the exculpatory evidence before concluding in a thorough, reasoned manner that a miscarriage of justice may occur if the verdicts were allowed to stand.