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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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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.
Simon McKay, defending, said Neville would be calling up to five character witnesses and two medical experts.
Mr Walker said it was likely that character witnesses would be called, including senior police officers, and it would be appropriate if the trial judge was from outside the area.
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.
The panel also said they did not take more serious action because of character witnesses and testimonials from colleagues.
Character witnesses for Spencer said while he had been an alcoholic he had never been violent or aggressive.
And for all the character witnesses that have written in I ask this, what sort of person judges their opinion on thousands of hardworking police officers on the actions of one officer who dealt with some illegal parking?
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.
Christopher Hotten QC, defending, called two character witnesses yesterday.