Hearsay

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Hearsay

Evidence gathered from a second-hand or even further removed source. That is, the person giving hearsay evidence did not witness or experience the evidence himself/herself. In many jurisdictions, hearsay evidence is not admissible in court, especially in criminal proceedings. There are, however, a number of exceptions to this rule, notably if the original witness is unavailable or dead.
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Microsoft had filed a motion to have some fifty paragraphs of Netscape chief executive Jim Barksdale's written testimony deemed inadmissible as hearsay.
Ainley, about his conversations with Lindsey at the time of the bank withdrawals - conversations the court otherwise would rule inadmissible as hearsay, legal experts say.