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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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Darnton continues: But ordinary heresay did not satisfy Parisians with a powerful appetite for information.
Heresay!" and the Wigged One will agree: sustained.
In addressing the problem, it is critical for the supervisor to get the facts straight, and in presenting the problem, it is important to rely on facts rather than opinions, "hunches," or heresay or rumors as much as possible.
The appeal claimed (a) the death penalty violated the constitution, (b) a change of venue should have been granted, (c) the strategies of co-defendants made the trail unfair, (d) heresay evidence should have been excluded, (e) inflammatory testimony by a victim's father should have been excluded, (f) the jury instructions were improper, and (g) the sentencing was disproportionate to the crime.
One method which the courts have carved out to address this problem is the "heresay" rule, which allows certain records to be admitted as evidence.
When describing the incident, you should objectively state your observations and the reports of eyewitnesses, but you must beware of heresay (which is not admissible in a court of law).