hostile witness


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hostile witness

n
(Law) a witness who gives evidence against the party calling him
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Noun1.hostile witness - a witness whose relationship to the opposing party is such that his or her testimony may be prejudiced against the opposing partyhostile witness - a witness whose relationship to the opposing party is such that his or her testimony may be prejudiced against the opposing party; "a hostile witness can be asked leading questions and cross-examined"
witness - (law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law
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Throw in a hostile witness or two and legal analysts almost jump from their chairs with glee.
Pondering (Simon Dow) beats Hostile Witness (Richard Hannon/John Reid) in the mile claimer, and Little Saboteur (Peter Makin) outruns Mister Jolson (Ron Hodges/Willie Carson) in the handicap sprint.
When a hostile witness is answering a question and you do not believe a word he or she is saying, do not snicker and look away.
In the most recent instance, Weber initially refused to cooperate with the carrier attorney defending Oakland against the lawsuit by Shaw, saying she would be a hostile witness since she'd opposed the firing.
She was also in the films Hostile Witness and A Town Like Alice.
Obviously, Dusseldorp was a hostile witness, and the details of his description of Bergerus's exorcisms cannot be confirmed.
That's absolutely false,'' Simpson said calmly, a phrase he has repeated since he began testifying under oath last week as what's technically called a hostile witness.
The prosecution then treated her as a hostile witness, and when Garda Colette Conlon started to read her statement, six-months-pregnant Ms Burns said she felt sick and asked to leave the court.
When he was called as a prosecution witness at the criminal trial, Kaelin was declared a hostile witness.
In a memo leaked to The Scurra, members of the pro-hunting pressure group are warned: "Everything you do must be tested against the question, 'Could a hostile witness make damaging use of this if it were caught on