Criminal Defense GLOSSARY
Glossary of Criminal Defense Terms
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Habeas corpus: Usually the last legal effort by a prisoner
after all appeals are exhausted to challenge the authority of the
prison or jail warden to continue to hold him. The prisoner is given
a chance to argue his case on the grounds of illegal confinement if
the judge grants the "writ of habeas corpus."
Homicide: the crime of murder; killing of another human
Hearsay: Statements by a witness who did not see or hear
the incident in question but heard about it from someone else.
Hearsay is usually not admissible as evidence in court.