material witness


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Noun1.material witness - a witness whose testimony is both relevant to the matter at issue and required in order to resolve the mattermaterial witness - a witness whose testimony is both relevant to the matter at issue and required in order to resolve the matter
witness - (law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law
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That one dint in the short, green grass was the only material witness left of this inexplicable nocturnal flight.
AlKidd, who converted to Islam, was arrested by the FBI in 2003 so that he could testify as a material witness in the trial of a student who faced visa fraud charges and was held in prison for 16 days at three different prison facilities in three states.
The prosecutor's key witness had also recanted his testimony, according to The NY Daily News, claiming he "was coerced into giving false testimony identifying Quezada by a detective while being held under guard in a hotel on a material witness order.
Even with the passage of time, and a somewhat reduced sense of urgency about the threat of terrorism, the perceived utility of the Material Witness Statute has not diminished.
Al-Kidd was arrested pursuant to a material witness warrant and detained for sixteen days in several high-security prisons as part of the FBI's investigation of terrorist activities.
The first man was also picked up as a material witness - a person considered crucial to an investigation who can be held without being charged with any crime.
Browne,34, waived formal reading of the arraignment charges before being led back to sit with her 52-year-old husband Meir Rapaport, who is being held by Federal Authorities as a material witness in the case.
was arrested after the bombing and held for a month as a material witness.
MATERIAL WITNESS can make the most of the weight he receives in the seven-furlong handicap at 2.
Authorities also had one man in custody in New York on a material witness warrant, allowing them to hold someone considered crucial to the investigation without charging him.
Browne, 34, waived formal reading of the arraignment charges before being led back to sit with her estranged husband Meir Rapaport, 52, who is being held as a material witness.