After-discovered evidence legal definition of after-discovered evidence
after-discovered evidence (newly-discovered evidence)
n. evidence found by a losing party after a trial has been completed and judgment (or criminal conviction) given. If the evidence absolutely could not have been discovered, it may be considered on a motion for a new trial. (See: evidence, writ of coram nobis)
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This court ruled that the trial judge erred in refusing to grant defendant's motion for a new trial based on after-discovered evidence
of a mental disorder that might have supported an insanity defense.
In a refusal-to-hire case, the relevant inquiry is whether the employer would have rejected the applicant had it been aware of the after-discovered evidence
at that time.