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Statement against interest

    In United States law a '''statement against interest''' is a statement a person would not normally make usually in reference to a proceeding in a trial which would put them in a disadvantaged position to that they would have had if they had not made the statement in the first place For example if a person is involved in an automobile accident in some cases their insurance contract specifically prohibits the insured from offering an apology or other statements on the grounds that it may represent an admission of liability
    It is analogous to the criminal equivalent the statement against penal interest which is a statement that puts the person making the statement at risk of prosecution
    In certain circumstances it can be a factor in allowing as evidence statements that would otherwise be excluded through the law of hearsay

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