witness stand


Definition of witness stand

: a stand or an enclosure from which a witness gives evidence in a court

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The testimony, though technical, followed the dramatic appearance of Rick Gates, a former associate and employee of Mr. Manafort’s who pleaded guilty in the case and took the witness stand on behalf of prosecutors. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "IRS Agent Testifies Manafort Failed to Declare More Than $16 Million on Taxes," 8 Aug. 2018 Five jail monitors, including lead monitor Margo Frasier, took the witness stand during the hearing and spoke about their observations. Emily Lane, NOLA.com, "Orleans jail's compliance director resigns, judge 'dissatisfied with the pace of reform'," 29 Jan. 2018 His attorneys also filed a last-minute appeal Tuesday, arguing that an emotional outburst at the 2001 murder trial from Lora White was unfairly elicited by prosecutors when she was shown on the witness stand a photo of her husband’s autopsied body. Michael Graczyk, The Seattle Times, "Man who killed newlywed during robbery executed in Texas," 11 Dec. 2018 Former Supreme Court administrator Steve Canterbury appeared briefly on the witness stand Tuesday, a contrast to his lengthy testimony before a House of Delegates impeachment hearing in July. John Raby, The Seattle Times, "Closing arguments set in W.Va. justice’s criminal trial," 9 Oct. 2018 On the witness stand Wednesday, Flemmi had yet to talk about the DiSarro killing, but offered a vivid picture of violence, calculated killings, and double-crosses dating back to the gang wars of the 1960s. Shelley Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "Stephen ‘The Rifleman’ Flemmi takes the stand to testify against ‘Cadillac Frank’ Salemme," 6 June 2018 To that point, Punk acknowledged on the witness stand that no physician ever diagnosed him with suffering from a MRSA staph infection. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "What Were the Key Factors Behind CM Punk Winning His Defamation Trial?," 5 June 2018 Williamson said there are not reports of a teenager missing in the area and that the report was generated from a witness standing about 100 yards from shore. Fox News, "Body found in alligator-infested Florida pond where attack was feared had no wildlife marks, officials said," 10 May 2018 Constand shared similar memories on the witness stand during Cosby's original trial and retrial. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand: 'I was crying out inside' but 'couldn't do anything'," 31 May 2018

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of witness stand

US : the place in a court of law where a witness answers questions and promises to tell the truth : the place where a witness testifies in court

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