witness tampering


: the act of physically harming or using threats, intimidation, harassment, or corrupt persuasion against a witness with the goal of influencing the witness's testimony or preventing the witness from providing evidence in an official proceeding
…12 jurors are considering whether to put him in prison for the rest of his life on charges that include racketeering, extortion, bribery, mail fraud and witness tampering.Karen Tumulty

Examples of witness tampering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trump’s former campaign manager and former campaign adviser were convicted on federal witness tampering charges in 2018 and 2019. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, 3 June 2024 How serious a problem is witness tampering, and what can be done about it? Foreign Affairs, 12 Dec. 2016 He was convicted in 2019 of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing an investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Zac Anderson, USA TODAY, 18 May 2024 In addition to the 45 years to life sentence for second-degree murder, Montgomery was also sentenced to 4 to 8 years for assault, 3.5 to 7 years for witness tampering and 3.5 to 7 years for falsifying evidence. Stepheny Price, Fox News, 9 May 2024 The father was also found guilty of second-degree assault, witness tampering, falsifying physical evidence and abuse of a corpse, according to court proceedings. Zenebou Sylla, CNN, 7 Mar. 2024 All five were charged with using excessive force, witness tampering, conspiracy to witness tamper and deliberate indifference. USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2024 The prosecutors point to his witness tampering and accuse him of lying on the stand during his trial. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2024 The Justice Department criminally charged eBay with two counts of stalking through interstate travel, two counts of stalking through electronic communications services, one count of witness tampering and one count of obstruction of justice. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 11 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of witness tampering was in 1902

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“Witness tampering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witness%20tampering. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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