turn state's evidence

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turn state's evidence

To admit guilt in some crime and agree to give evidence against one's accomplices in court in order to avoid or receive a reduced prison sentence. Many are speculating that the administrative aide taken into custody will agree to turn state's evidence against the senator.
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turn state's evidence

To give such testimony in court.
See also: evidence, turn
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