hearsay

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hearsay

Statements overheard and repeated, rather than personally witnessed.
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That is, while the judge makes admissibility determinations based on the reliability and probative versus prejudicial value of the hearsay evidence, she is not directed to make that determination based on any considerations of what the hearsay evidence does to the epistemic context of the trial as a whole.
Hearsay evidence consists of statements made outside of court offered as proof of the truth of their contents.
Shea--which was plainly hearsay evidence of what [V] had told them--as demonstrating that by September, [D] had in fact been poisoning ] V].
For example, the MMC allows for the admission of certain hearsay evidence "not otherwise admissible under the rules of evidence applicable in trial by general courts-martial." (4) These differences "reflect the [Secretary of Defense's] determinations that departures are required by the unique circumstances of the conduct of military and intelligence operations during hostilities or practical need consistent with chapter 47A, title 10, United States Code." (5) Notably, the evidentiary and procedural rules of military commissions extend to accused individuals "all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensible by civilized peoples as required by Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions of 1949." (6)
Residents who are fearful of providing evidence are assured that hearsay evidence can be used and all complaints can be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.
The Court of Final Appeal ruled that prosecutors improperly questioned Nancy Kissel during the trial and that the judge wrongly allowed hearsay evidence. But it ordered that she be kept in custody.
Congress, has been dogged by problems, including charges of evidence tainted by abuse, and criticized for allowing hearsay evidence.
These include restrictions on hearsay evidence and a ban on all statements obtained through torture.
New legal safeguards would be introduced to the system, including a ban on hearsay evidence and evidence obtained by using torture practices, such as waterboarding, the officials said.