STATE-OF-MIND EXCEPTION

STATE-OF-MIND EXCEPTION

state-of-mind exception. Evidence. The principle that an out-of-court declaration of an existing motive is admissible, even when the declarant cannot testify in person. ? This principle constitutes an exception to the general rule that hearsay is inadmissible. [Cases: Criminal Law 419(2.20); Evidence 268. C.J.S. Criminal Law ¡ì 862; Evidence ¡ì¡ì 314¨C318, 325, 327¨C328, 330.]
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