after-discovered evidence

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after-discovered evidence (uncountable)

  1. (US, law) Evidence discovered after a legal decision has been reached. A party may attempt to have the decision reversed using this evidence. They must first prove that the evidence could not have been discovered until after the decision was reached.
    "After-discovered evidence that a cap...identified as belonging to the accused who was convicted, belonged to another...who had a similar gun, motive and opportunity, and admitted to several that he had committed the crime, held ground for a new trial." Hines v. Commonwealth. June 14, 1923. p. 365 §4