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character witness

n. Law
A witness who is called on to testify to the nature of someone's character or reputation.
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Noun1.character witness - a witness who testifies under oath as to the good reputation of another person in the community where that person lives
witness - (law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law
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His barrister, Michelle Heeley, QC, told the court that a number of character witnesses will give evidence "about his propensity to kiss people in a non-sexual manner".
His barrister, Michelle Heeley QC, told the court that a number of character witnesses will give evidence "about his propensity to kiss people in a non-sexual manner".
The girl, who is not being named because her case is being handled in juvenile court, had compiled an exemplary record since arriving in detention not long after the April 2014 shooting, according to a slate of character witnesses who testified during her sentencing hearing at the Cook County Juvenile Center.
She produced four character witnesses and five written character references who noted her charity work and sound moral character.
Best, Ruan Pienaar and Leah McCourt, a mixed martial arts champion, had been scheduled to appear as character witnesses for Jackson at some stage in the trial.
Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 32(i)(4)(A)(ii) does not govern the calling of character witnesses at sentencing, and the district court did not abuse its discretion in its consideration of Mr.
Mixed with the character witnesses for Tiede were defense witnesses that directly and indirectly spoke to Nugent's personality.
For the defence, Mr Goult is expected to give evidence with two character witnesses.
Simply questioning character witnesses, family members who didn't notice anything unusual or Second Mile kids who had positive experiences will not be enough to challenge the state's case.
The officer was one of several character witnesses called for Christie, 55, and his 60-year-old wife Patricia Christie, a Ministry of Defence civilian worker, who deny 12 charges relating to allegations they abused their positions at the St Athan base by using equipment and pounds 12-a-time RAF training booklets to run private courses.
Lawyers for Hollywood star Wesley Snipes (above) have named more than 70 potential character witnesses, including several celebrities, as jury selection began in the actor's tax fraud and conspiracy trial.
Her family say that solicitors from across the Midlands have offered to be character witnesses at any future inquiry into the death of the mum-of-three.