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witness

a person who is present and can testify that he or she has personally observed an event, such as the signing of a will or consent form.

witness

Pseudomedicine
A body sample (e.g., a spot of blood or strand of hair) that is believed by the practitioners of radionics to be able to transmit vibrational energies from its owner.

witness

Choice in dying A person who is not a spouse or blood relative of a dying Pt; employees of health care facilities, who act in good faith, can act as witnesses with regard to end-of-life decisions Forensic medicine
1. A person who has seen an act.
2. A person qualified by education and/or experience to testify as to a thing. See Expert witness, Physician expert witness.

Patient discussion about witness

Q. I HAVE HAD TROUBLE WIT MY SPEECH, SINCE A KID, AND CANT FIND A JOB TROUBLE WITH MY SPEECH

A. How old are you now?
What are your interests?
Are you sure the problem getting a job is your speech and not the way to dress or present yourself?
What other jobs have you held in the past and what happened to them?
I can think of a few places I have run into people with speech problems, such as the cable man or a waitress at a local restaurant. Consider asking a speech therapist what kinds of jobs other people with your particular problem hold.

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The North Carolina board's action to revoke his license has not affected his expert witness work, he says.
In the end," he writes "no witness who appeared before the subcommittee during [McCarthy's] chairmanship was imprisoned for perjury, contempt, espionage, or subversion.
Since it was no secret what Starr thought Clinton did, it was not difficult for a witness to figure out what to say to obtain immunity or avoid a perjury indictment.
For instance, a witness who heard but forgot a perpetrator's name is asked to go through the alphabet from A to Z, in search of the name's first letter.
For example, after being stung by a series of particularly ugly misconduct cases, forensic scientists voluntarily raised their expert witness standards.
Our own post-trial interviews with jurors have also revealed that the testimony of a key witness is often discounted for reasons that were unanticipated by the trial attorney.
If you want to discredit an opposing witness in cross-examination, or if you want the jury to pay more attention to your questions than to the witness's answers, place yourself on the side of the courtroom opposite the jury, at an angle to the witness.
In the chapter on expert testimony, the author addresses the officer as an expert witness and provides advice and examples on how and when an officer may give opinion testimony.
Here are some questions to ask before jumping into the witness chair.
The job of an expert witness is to put in plain words not only what the complicated issues of a dispute are, but also more importantly what they mean.
VISUAL GRAPHICS PREPARED BY THE EXPERT witness can outline logical sequences and relationships in the case and can help to structure a trial plan.
FacePrints initially presents a witness with a computer screen displaying 20 faces, randomly selected from among more than 34 billion possibilities.