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witness to something

to serve as a witness to some act or deed. I was witness to the beating. We were not witness to any of the activities you have described.
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In addition to giving the witness context as to where the witness' testimony will ultimately fit in the case, providing this information prepares the witness to address questions from plaintiff's counsel that attempt to lead the witness into providing testimony that is really outside of the witness' knowledge.
63) Similarly, Maryland's Congress introduced legislation to increase penalties for intimidating a witness to a felony and making first-degree murder of a witness a capitol crime.
It seems logical to instruct your witness to look at the jury when answering questions.
A visual approach makes it possible for the CPA expert witness to completely integrate the case on one document by:
If the witness looks to the side when asked a question concerning what the person saw, the investigator can encourage the witness to remember by using questions designed to stimulate auditory recall, such as "tell me what you heard" or "how did it sound to you?
Calling Lewinsky ``very personable and very impressive,'' he said, ``We found that she might be a very helpful witness to the Senate if she is called.
Because closing argument must be based on the evidence elicited at trial, be sure to get the witness to present the points you will later argue as a basis for a favorable verdict.
When you persuade a witness to talk, he puts his future in your hands.
The voir dire--the expert qualification process--offers the opportunity to make a good first impression on the fact finders--the judge or jury--by introducing the witness to them on a personal and not purely professional basis (see the sidebar on page 81 for an overview of the trial process).
Look, also, for a new slant from an old witness, as Brian ``Kato'' Kaelin goes from hostile prosecution witness to witness hostile to Simpson.
This means you must be cautious, but it does not reduce the process of preparing a problem witness to simply tiptoeing around land mines.
It undermines witness likability (it is almost impossible for a nervous witness to project a positive image) and credibility (jurors may wonder whether the witness is nervous because he or she is being untruthful).
A good tactic is to pretend you know little about the case and ask the witness to explain the situation for you.