witness stand


Definition of witness stand 

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

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When James Chapa was handed that big ream of paper (on the witness stand), that was the transcript of his interview with the police, and the defense could only find two or three small things that had changed in his testimony. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, "Accused in S.A. murder trial found not guilty," 12 July 2018 In response, Wilson’s attorneys revealed that one of those witnesses has recanted in the last month, claiming he was threatened decades ago into making false statements from the witness stand. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Judge orders accused cop killer Jackie Wilson freed days after finding confession tainted," 22 June 2018 At one point, CEO Stephenson went so far as to unveil a streaming TV product from the witness stand. Felix Gillette, Bloomberg.com, "Get Ready for Big Media to Get Bigger After AT&T Victory," 13 June 2018 The elder Skelos, who didn’t testify in the first trial, was expected to take the witness stand again on Monday to face cross-examination. Washington Post, "Former New York Senate leader testifies in his own defense," 6 July 2018 This March the office of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner was ordered to release a secret list of tainted police officers, created by his predecessor, whom prosecutors had sought to keep off the witness stand. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Trump cancels Eagles celebration, Krasner wants list of tainted police | Morning Newsletter," 5 June 2018 Five other women were called to the witness stand and testified the same thing had happened to them. CBS News, "Bill Cosby verdict: Comedian found guilty in sexual assault trial," 26 Apr. 2018 Prosecutors are calling Dickinson and other accusers to the witness stand to show the 80-year-old comedian has a history of drugging and molesting women. Fox News, "Bill Cosby faces accusers in court including supermodel Janice Dickinson," 12 Apr. 2018 There’s much speculation about whether Raja will take the witness stand, but his lawyers are not revealing yet whether the 40-year-old father of two small children will do so. Marc Freeman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Prosecutors will urge judge not to toss charges against former cop in Corey Jones deadly shooting," 4 May 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of witness stand

: 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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: stand

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