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Real Evidence

Probative matter furnished by items that are actually on view, as opposed to a verbal description of them by a witness.

For example, a weapon used in the commission of a crime would be classified as real evidence.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

real evidence

in the law of evidence, a nebulous category that broadly describes anything, other than a document, that is examined as a means of proof Examples include clothing and fibres, weapons, fingerprints and dental impressions, blood samples, tape recordings, film and video recordings. Its importance is that the jury or other fact-finder does what it will from the sight of the evidence and inspection of it. Real evidence does not exclude oral evidence, as is the case frequently with written evidence. Usually oral evidence is required to connect and make relevant the real evidence. Generally, the real evidence should be produced in court, an oral description being generally inadmissible.
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"Real evidence is usually vague and unsatisfactory.
But it was the more difficult to dispute the accuracy of the witness, as, in order to produce real evidence in support of his verbal testimony, he drew from his pouch the very bolt-head, which, according to his story, had been miraculously extracted from the wound; and as the iron weighed a full ounce, it completely confirmed the tale, however marvellous.
The suggestion that the marriage proved positively unhappy is supported by no real evidence, but what little is known of Shakspere's later life implies that it was not exceptionally congenial.
When climate scientists don't have real evidence they call it a "consensus" - I'm still waiting for the ice age they had a consensus for in the 1970s.
The author notes that there is no real evidence that breaking up tech companies can solve the privacy violations, misinformation, and online harassment.
He said no accusation can be made without real evidence.
She has proved herself to be hard-hearted, turning a blind eye to real evidence of failings in the system she oversees.
Sanaullah today stated that the PTI chief has no real evidence against the accused and urged them to confront their party leader.
Sothearin's brother, Yeang Vina, 44, said the pair should be released unless some real evidence was unearthed.
'' You also quoted Rosslyn Colderley saying 'People want more dedicated space for cycling like the new John Dobson route 'But where is the real evidence, the cyclists, when they have that route?
But it is a governing Tory Party struggling to survive despite bunging PS1billion of taxpayers' money to DUP social reactionaries that is real evidence of a new political order.
As far as infamous National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is concerned, the FBI has not presented any "real evidence" Russia directly interfered with the 2016 presidential election with the alleged intent of propping up President Donald Trump.

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