Cut-Throat Defense Law and Legal Definition

Cut-throat defense refers to a defense in criminal proceedings where a defendant gives evidence on his/her own behalf. The purpose of the defense is to strengthen the prosecution case against his/her co-defendant.

The following is an example of a case law on cut-throat defense:

Cut-throat defense is when the prosecution tries to convict two people of the same crime. And there are two defendants over there saying that the other one did it. [Ex parte Washington, 562 So. 2d 1304 (Ala. 1990)]