Testimonial proof

TESTIMONIAL PROOF, civ. law. This word is used in the same sense as we use parol evidence, and, in contradistinction to literal proof, which is written evidence.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The footage of Ray Rice's brutal assault reveals the urgent need for body-worn cameras on cops to capture independent, visual evidence in incidents that usually hinge on testimonial proof. This incident has made it clear: cameras matter.
"The reports we have about him come from the Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Devine, and they represent testimonial proof of the innocence of Father Nicol."