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Evidence is defined by Merriam-Webster as a material that is presented to a court of law to help find the truth about something. Rules of evidence are the rules by which a court determines what evidence is admissible at trial.¹ U.S. federal courts following the Federal Rules of Evidence, while state courts follow their own rules. In establishing what evidence is admissible, many rules of evidence concrete first on the relevancy of the offered evidence.



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