character witness

noun

Definition of character witness

: a person who gives evidence in a legal action concerning the reputation, conduct, and moral nature of a party

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Evans was the second witness Monday, following Harris’ former mentor and advisor, Nita Sturiale, who spoke as a character witness. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ghost Ship trial: Defense witness says group of men were ‘ecstatic’ about deadly fire," 10 June 2019 Above all, his characters witness, suffer and reflect with a hyper-real intensity. The Economist, "Vasily Grossman, the greatest bard of the second world war," 7 June 2019 Last week, Australian movie director Peter Weir appeared as a character witness, testifying to Ricketson’s professionalism and their long friendship. Sopheng Cheang, The Seattle Times, "Australian filmmaker testifies in his Cambodian trial," 20 Aug. 2018 Cosby, too, is allowed character witnesses at his sentencing. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Bill Cosby Turns 81 Today — as Possible 30-Year Sentence Looms After Sex Assault Conviction," 12 July 2018 Gesenhues on Monday called three character witnesses for Raake. Aprile Rickert, chicagotribune.com, "Former Indiana school official gets jail after locker room camera found," 5 June 2018 Prosecutors also asked to exclude from trial any character witnesses Bessner may try to call. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Prosecutors: Trooper charged with ATV murder used Taser to punish people," 7 June 2018 Meanwhile, the star Times columnist William Safire had joined William Buckley Jr. and Barbara Walters among the three dozen celebrated character witnesses opposing Cohn’s disbarment. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "The Original Donald Trump," 29 Apr. 2018 However, several character witnesses, including three White Sox employees, spoke on Coleman’s behalf. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Chicago White Sox welcome back groundskeeper who wrongly spent 23 years in prison," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of character witness

circa 1832, in the meaning defined above

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see witness

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