prior consistent statement

prior consistent statement

A witness’s earlier statement that conflicts with the witness’s testimony at trial.

? In federal practice, extrinsic evidence of an unsworn prior inconsistent statement is admissible ¡ª if the witness is given an opportunity to explain or deny the statement ¡ª for impeachment purposes only. Fed. R. Evid. 613(b). Sworn statements may be admitted for all purposes. Fed. R. Evid. 801(d)(1)(A). A prior consistent statement is not hearsay if it is offered to rebut a charge that the testimony was improperly influenced or fabricated. Fed. R. Evid. 801(d)(1)(B). [Cases: Witnesses 379¨C397; 414(2). C.J.S. Witnesses ¡ì¡ì 674¨C754; 781.]


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