hostile witness


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hostile witness

A witness in a trial who testifies for the opposing party and is subject to cross-examination by the same party that called him or her as a direct witness due to antagonism demonstrated during direct examination. Witnesses called by the opposing party are presumed hostile. A witness can be declared hostile by a judge at the request of the examiner, when the witness' testimony is openly antagonistic or when clearly prejudiced to the opposing party.
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Most of Microsoft's rebuttal testimony - including the Redmond software giant's surprise decision to call a hostile witness, David Colburn of America Online - is predicated on the assumption that a merged Netscape/AOL changes everything.
There's even an interview with the Alliance's Patrick Moore, the Greenpeace director turned industry mouthpiece, who appears as a somewhat hostile witness.
During the hearing, the prosecution also declared father of the maid as a hostile witness.
What fairness could we have received from an Ombudsman who viciously prevaricated and testified against me as a malicious hostile witness during my sham and an estimated P6.
Earlier in the courtroom on Friday, Seaton, who had been declared a hostile witness the day before, finished her testimony.
During his four days on the stand, Kaelin provided inconsistent and often rambling accounts, prompting Prosecutor Marcia Clark to ask that the now 53-year-old be declared a hostile witness.
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But he pleaded guilty to manslaughter after his girlfriend, Jennifer McBride, was declared a hostile witness and was about to be cross-examined by the prosecution.
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Mr Hefferon, serving 12 months for racially aggravated threatening behaviour, denied 'luring' officers to prison and threatening to be a hostile witness if he was not allowed out for Christmas.
I was simply putting my points and he was treating me as a hostile witness.