previously consistent statement

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Stray Lamb

Senior Member
What does "previously consistent statement" mean in this sentence:

"You cannot use a previously consistent statement to bolster a witness’s testimony. However, there is an exception to that rule: such evidence is admissible if the opposing side contends the witness’s testimony was recently fabricated and the prior consistent statement was made before the declarant had any reason to fabricate."

Source: "Helter Skelter", by Vincent Bugliosi.
  • Barque

    A statement made earlier (previously) that's consistent with the argument of the side who called that witness.
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