character witness


Definition of character witness

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

Examples of character witness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The document, which resulted in a multimillion-dollar out-of-court settlement, raises serious questions about Guilfoyle’s fitness as a character witness for Trump, let alone as a top campaign official. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "The Secret History of Kimberly Guilfoyle’s Departure from Fox," 1 Oct. 2020 Like former first lady Michelle Obama on Monday, the two-term commander in chief served as a character witness for Biden, his vice president and Delaware's 36-year senator. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Obama paints dark future if Americans choose Trump and not Biden in November," 19 Aug. 2020 Adding to Judge’s anger was the fact that costar Kelly Dodd had been contacting Jim, offering to be subpoenaed as a character witness in his case. Dave Quinn,, "RHOC's Tamra Judge Says Jim Bellino's Defamation Lawsuit Defense Has Cost Her 'Over $300,000'," 17 Dec. 2019 Kim also serves as a character witness, telling Lalo that Jimmy is a man of integrity. David Segal, New York Times, "‘Better Call Saul’ Season 5, Episode 9 Recap: Bullet Holes," 13 Apr. 2020 Most of the nation’s 68 immigration courts are still functioning for detainee dockets — video hearings with judges, attorneys and, sometimes, character witnesses for the immigrants in attendance. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "Deportee’s COVID-19 raises questions about whether ICE is spreading the coronavirus," 31 Mar. 2020 King’s lawyers countered with several character witnesses. Dallas Morning News, "Texas courts allow hypnosis despite science, overturned convictions," 9 Apr. 2020 McKINNEY — Brandon McCall’s defense attorneys presented nearly a dozen character witnesses to a jury Wednesday in an attempt to save him from the death penalty. Dallas News, "Friends, relatives say man who killed Richardson cop was kind, but changed in the months before the shooting," 27 Feb. 2020 The trip from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, where Beatriz hopes Olivia will testify as a character witness in her deportation hearing, includes encounters with a parade of benevolent strangers. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, "Road-trip musical ‘Miss You Like Hell’ embarks on a bumpy ride to catharsis," 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of character witness

circa 1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Character witness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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