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.
The US District Court in Washington, DC, confirmed her detention as a "material witness" in a grand jury investigation and also confirmed that she was not a wanted person and was never charged with any crime.
Officially she was kept in prison as a "material witness".
'Failure of the prosecution to call the material witness had subjudice the accused.
Despite informed consent from both clients, a defendant's attorney was disqualified from representing her on a drug charge because he had previously represented a material witness for the government.
Denise Gore arrived and insisted Hand come to the station for a statement as a material witness but Hand refused, saying he had to work early the next morning, according to the memorandum.
ISLAMABAD -- Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb talking to the media outside the Ehtesab court here Thursday said the Qatri prince, who was material witness for Sharif Family was not ascertained by JIT notwithstanding the fact that he was asking for it.
ISLAMABAD:Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb on Thursday said the Qatari prince, who was the material witness for Sharif Family, was notconsidered by the Panama JIT despite the fact that he was seeking a questionnaire.Talking to media outside the accountability court, the minister said that the Qatari prince kept on asking the Panama JIT to send the questionnaire to him for rendering answers, but the head of the JIT Wajid Zia used his discretion not to send it.
Cortez said the prosecution is entitled to due process by allowing its 'material witness' to testify.
Addie is ordered to remain in Paris as a material witness to the murder, threat of war or no.
WASHINGTON -- The US government and an FBI agent will compensate MuslimAmerican Abdullah alKidd $385,000 as part of a settlement for arresting after the 9/11 attacks as a "material witness" without having any basis for holding him, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the group representing alKidd announced on Friday.