alibi witness


: a witness upon whom a criminal defendant relies in establishing or providing an alibi

Examples of alibi witness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Skakel’s appellate lawyers later argued that Skakel’s trial attorney, Mickey Sherman, made poor decisions, including not focusing on Tommy as a possible suspect and failing to attempt to contact an alibi witness. Dave Collins, Fortune, 3 Jan. 2024 Norwood soon realized that Simmons’s initial defense lawyer had not called all alibi witnesses to testify. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2023 Carr said his concerns included a key witness being paid a reward, as well as alibi witnesses who placed Johnson in another part of town at the time of the shooting. Ivana Hrynkiw |, al, 15 Apr. 2023 As in Soto’s case, the petition Spolin filed for Demond Spikes referenced the existence of an alibi witness, but did not include the man’s name, details of his account or a declaration. Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2023 In November 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Syed's appeal for a new trial, upholding a Maryland appeals court's decision that rejected claims his trial lawyer failed to interview an alibi witness, and therefore Syed's constitutional right to effective legal representation was violated. Luke Barr, ABC News, 14 Sep. 2022 In 2016, a lower court ordered a retrial for Syed on grounds that his attorney, Cristina Gutierrez, who died in 2004, didn’t contact an alibi witness and provided ineffective counsel. Brian Witte, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Sep. 2022 Devoted listeners will recall that’s when Asia McClain, the alibi witness, who Syed’s original lawyer never reached out to, finally spoke in court. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 20 Sep. 2022 In November of that year, a Baltimore judge issued an order that would allow Syed to present new evidence, including the testimony of McClain, Syed's alibi witness. Greg Hanlon, Peoplemag, 20 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1774, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alibi witness was in 1774

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“Alibi witness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

alibi witness

see witness

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