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 Brown, who was a neighbor of Botham Jean at the South Side Flats, was also a character witness in the Amber Guyger trial. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Search ongoing for 3rd suspect in cop trial witness slaying," 9 Oct. 2019 Brown, who was a neighbor of Botham Jean at the South Side Flats, was also a character witness in the Amber Guyger trial. Washington Post, "Police search for 3rd suspect in cop trial witness’ slaying," 9 Oct. 2019 Jackson Richardson was a character witness for his sister. Steve Helling,, "Cremation, Eating Disorders, and Inappropriate Texts: Bombshells in the Brooke Skylar Richardson Trial," 12 Sep. 2019 Dominguez’ attorney asked that the judge set aside a full hour for his client’s sentencing hearing, as many people were expected to ask to speak on his behalf, as character witnesses. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Guilty pleas in knife attack on Greyhound bus, county jail assault," 8 Aug. 2019 Evans was the second witness Monday, following Harris’ former mentor and advisor, Nita Sturiale, who spoke as a character witness. Megan Cassidy,, "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,, "Bill Cosby Turns 81 Today — as Possible 30-Year Sentence Looms After Sex Assault Conviction," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of character witness

circa 1832, in the meaning defined above

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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of character witness was circa 1832

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