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

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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 Gesenhues on Monday called three character witnesses for Raake. Aprile Rickert,, "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 Audible sighs of relief were heard in a courtroom filled with more than a dozen of Officer Carlos Antonio Anglero’s family and friends, some of whom testified as character witnesses. Bianca Padró Ocasio,, "No jail time for Ocoee police officer who shot into home," 30 Mar. 2018 Booker, who stood by Menendez throughout the trial and testified as a character witness, downplayed the importance of the corruption investigation in an interview with reporters after the rally. USA TODAY, "Corruption trial behind him, Sen. Bob Menendez announces reelection bid in New Jersey," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of character witness

circa 1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of character witness was circa 1832

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