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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This made the need for the inclusion of Kerwin's Senate admission immaterial since the CIDG, according to Obusan, sees Kerwin as a hostile witness on the case they filed.
However, during cross-examination the said witness had given certain answers favouring the defence, therefore, he was declared as hostile witness and was also cross-examined by the prosecution.
Responding, Jacobs said there are two ways of contradicting a hostile witness, by contradicting him with other evidence rather than with his previous statement or through a statement made at other times and that, it is not limited to statement made before or after his evidence in chief.
The camp of Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs Francis Tolentino is set to ask the Senate Election Tribunal (SET) to summon former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista to stand as hostile witness in his electoral protest against Senator Leila de Lima.
What made Patil to subsequently change his statement to become a hostile witness is a mystery.
On Monday, it was believed that Anoop had turned a hostile witness after he changed his statement.
1962) will be shown on July 19/20/21 and Hostile Witness (1967) on July 26 - 28.
Summary: Crushing impeachment of a hostile witness.
But she was treated as a hostile witness by prosecuting barrister Simon Rogers who spent some time putting to her the allegations which she had detailed in a seven page statement of complaint to the police.
Also, Morgan called Asia Seaton, Gillette's girlfriend, to testify in what turned out to be a tense exchange that resulted in Seaton being named a hostile witness.
Birnbaum notes important parallels in the prosecutions of witches and of Jews: accusations of perverting Catholic rituals, the importance of hostile witness testimony, and the extensive use of torture against the defendants.
But Sara Drysdale, prosecuting, said Miss Halliday's evidence conflicted with her police statement and 999 call and she made an application for magistrates to consider her as a hostile witness, meaning the prosecution could prove she had made a statement which was inconsistent with her evidence.