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turn king's/queen's evidence

To provide evidence in court implicating other parties involved in the crime for which one has been charged, in order to receive a reduced sentence or to avoid prosecution altogether. Primarily heard in UK. We're leaning on him pretty hard, so we think he'll turn king's evidence and finger his accomplices.
See also: evidence, turn

turn King’s/Queen’s ˈevidence

(British English) (American English turn State’s ˈevidence) give information against other criminals in order to get a less severe punishment: One of the gang turned State’s evidence and identified at least three others involved in the fraud.
See also: evidence, turn
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He turned Queen's Evidence to help convict the pair and save himself from a long jail term.
They turned Queen's evidence and allegedly grassed-up former terror pals in exchange for lesser sentences.
Lee Watson, who turned Queen's Evidence to testify against his former gang mates, was locked up for 11 years after admitting manslaughter.
The issue was resolved when Dick turned Queen's evidence and the lip reader wasn't needed by the prosecution.
The two brothers have turned Queen's evidence and will be testifying against their alleged former accomplices.
At the High Court in Edinburgh on Friday, former Russian army soldier Plytnykas, 41, was found guilty of Jolanta's murder after Skirda turned Queen's evidence against him.
Ruthless enforcer Lee Watson, who turned Queen's Evidence to testify against his former gang mates, was locked up for 11 years in 2002 after admitting manslaughter.
Fellow plotter Sergeant Kieran Campbell, 27, got four years after he turned Queen's evidence.