from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who makes a declaration, as an alien who has signed a declaration of intent to become a U.S. citizen.

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  • n. A person who makes a formal declaration or statement

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who declares.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who makes a declaration; specifically, in law, one whose admission or statement, made in writing or orally at some former time, is sought to be offered in evidence.


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  • The purpose of the oath and the bible is just to solemnize the occasion and remind the declarant of his obligation to tell the truth.

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  • Only statements that are testimonial make the absent declarant a

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  • Did the conspiracy include the declarant, Mike Martin?

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  • For the exception to apply, a conspiracy must involve both the declarant and the defendant against whom the statement is offered.

    How the 11th Circuit Cheated Don Siegelman: A Summary

  • Only statements that are testimonial make the absent declarant a "witness" within the meaning of the Confrontation Clause (see id.).

    Evidentiary Issues

  • In recent years, however, prosecutors-sometimes with the blessing of courts-have argued that when proving the existence of a "conspiracy" to justify admission of evidence under the Exception, they need show only that the declarant and the defendant were "coventurers" with a common purpose, not an illegal purpose.

    Trachtenberg on the history of hearsay

  • To adhere to the historical definition of the Coconspirator Exception to the Hearsay Rule, prosecutors should stop arguing that the conspiracy joined by the declarant and defendant may include purely lawful conduct, and courts encountering such arguments should reject them, lest they find themselves conducting new trials after the Sixth Amendment rights of convicted defendants find vindication on appeal.

    Trachtenberg on the history of hearsay

  • “I dinna ken,” blubbered the astonished declarant.

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  • The case also shows that the mask and the declarant as a talisman for both suspect and co-defendant had value.

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  • The violence and threats which the declarant would be made by [suspect], not totally fit with the image of [suspect] is obtained from the reporting of the Council for the Child.

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