witness stand


Definition of witness stand

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

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Perry took the witness stand on the first day of testimony. Andrew Dalton, Fortune, "Katy Perry, Record Label," 1 Aug. 2019 At the witness stand in his murder trial, Nelson said the officer caused him to lose his job, which led to him being homeless and deciding to rob a home for money. Monivette Cordeiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Scott Nelson admits killing Jennifer Fulford, blames probation officer, government: ‘They turned me into an animal’," 27 June 2019 Scott McDonald accused Scott of lying on the witness stand, saying that in multiple prior interviews with prosecutors and NCIS, Scott never said the fighter died by suffocation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Navy: Witness in SEAL war crimes trial may face perjury charge," 27 June 2019 First, at the beginning of April, Amro took the witness stand in Israeli military court to testify in his own defense. Batya Ungar-sargon, The New York Review of Books, "A Palestinian in Israeli Military Court: Issa Amro, the Judge, & Me," 17 June 2019 At one point during his testimony, the dispensary owner remained on the witness stand while attorneys spoke with Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregg Prickett in chambers. Daniel Langhorne, Daily Pilot, "Kidnapped Newport Beach dispensary owner testifies that captors tortured, mutilated him," 23 July 2019 Six years later, Allen found himself on a witness stand in federal court just eight miles from the Fontainebleau, detailing that day and the two-plus-year relationship with the Esformes family that followed. Ben Baskin, SI.com, "Breaking Bad: The False Step and Downfall of Penn Legend Jerome Allen," 11 July 2019 After emotionally accepting responsibility for the Dec. 2, 2016, tragedy on Monday, Almena and his defense team used his second day on the witness stand to argue that there was also blame to go around. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ghost Ship defendant: 50 government officials went inside warehouse before fire," 9 July 2019 The defense, led by civilian attorney Timothy Parlatore, rested shortly after Breisch stepped down from the witness stand. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Navy SEAL troop commander disputes witness stories before defense rests in war crimes trial," 29 June 2019

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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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: stand

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