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cross-examine (someone)

1. In law, to question a witness or suspect after the opposing side has already done so, as to undermine or clarify their testimony. I have doubts that that witness is telling the truth, and I'll expose it when I cross-examine him.
2. By extension, to question someone thoroughly. Geez Mom, why are you cross-examining me? I told you the truth—I was at Kelly's house all night.

cross-examine someone

to question someone in court who has already been questioned by the opposing side; to question a suspect or a witness at great length. The lawyer plans to cross-examine the witness tomorrow morning. The police cross-examined the suspect for three hours.
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The supermajority has defied and defiled the Constitution and the Rules of the House in denying the Chief Justice the right to have her counsel confront and cross-examine the adverse witnesses even as it jettisoned the erstwhile unbroken tradition that House Members who are not members of the committees have the right to participate in deliberations of such committees, including the Committee on Justice conducting proceedings with "right of voice and not of vote," he said.
Meanwhile Prosecutor Hamda Mohammad Ahli, of Deira Prosecution, said: "The initiative has made it easier for investigating prosecutors to hear statements of molested or abused children - it also allows prosecutors to cross-examine individuals involved in cases of domestic violence, especially in cases that require privacy, confidentially and discretion.
Astrue and joined the group of circuits that follow the "qualified right" approach, which maintains that a social security claimant does not have an absolute right to cross-examine reporting physicians.
Judge, Mr Justice Toulson, has ruled that doctors suspected of incompetence or abusing patients should generally have the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses at official NHS investigations.
Dr Ghosh should be allowed to cross-examine the witnesses who have made serious allegations against him and he should be allowed to be legally represented at the hearing.
The court held, inter alia, that a health care professional's affidavit is "testimonial" and can be admitted into evidence only if the health care professional is unavailable to testify at trial, and the defendant has had an opportunity to cross-examine the health care professional regarding statements in the affidavit.
Virgin boss Richard Branson: 'I asked my solicitor who I should most dread having on the other side to cross-examine me and he said George Carman.
29] Unlike Harley, the Foster case turned exclusively on the testimony of the observing officer, prompting the court to note that "[t]he more important the witness to the government's case, the more important the defendant's right, derived from the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment, to cross-examine the witness.
The court also found that the parole board's ex parte discussion with the assistant United States Attorney violated the parolee's right to confront and cross-examine witnesses.
Radnor, a trial lawyer who practices in Columbus, Ohio, provides a strategy for coping with medical witnesses and explains various techniques that can be used to cross-examine them effectively.
And that allowed him to cross-examine his alleged victims.
The hearsay issue arises when it is not possible to cross-examine evidence.
Last month, the court had allowed a petition filed by Modi, challenging the authority of the Enforcement Directorate not permitting him to cross-examine the witnesses in the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) case against him.
This was how Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's camp reacted to the decision of the House justice committee on Wednesday denying her to be represented by a counsel and to cross-examine through her lawyers witnesses and complainant at the hearing.
MANILA, Philippines The House of Representatives Committee on Justice has voted 30-4 dismissing the appeal of Chief Justice Maria LourdesSerenoto allow her counsels to cross-examine witnesses in her impeachment proceeding.