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John Doe

A man whose identity is unknown or being protected, as in legal proceedings. The victim is a John Doe—the paramedics didn't find any identification on him. The case was brought by a John Doe, so we don't know the true identity of the man suing us.
See also: doe, john

John Doe

1. Also, John Q. Public; Joe Blow; Joe Doakes; Joe Zilch. An average undistinguished man; also, the average citizen. For example, This television show is just right for a John Doe, or It's up to John Q. Public to go to the polls and vote. Originally used from the 13th century on legal documents as an alias to protect a witness, John Doe acquired the sense of "ordinary person" in the 1800s. The variants date from the 1900s. Also see Joe six-pack.
2. Also, Jane Doe. An unknown individual, as in The police found a John Doe lying on the street last night, or The judge issued a warrant for the arrest of the perpetrators, Jane Doe no. 1 and Jane Doe no. 2 . [Second half of 1900s]
See also: doe, john

John Doe

and Jane Doe (ˈdʒɑn ˈdo)
n. a name used for a person whose real name is unknown. The tag on the corpse said Jane Doe, since no one had identified her. John Doe was the name at the bottom of the check.
See also: doe, john

John Doe

The average person. This appellation actually dates from the thirteenth century, when it was used in legal documents to disguise the identity of witnesses; the tenant plaintiff was called John Doe and the landlord defendant Richard Roe. In the nineteenth century the name acquired the present meaning of ordinary person. A book, The O’Hara Family (1825), included “Tales, Containing . . . John Doe,” and almost a century later a movie starring Gary Cooper was entitled Meet John Doe (1941). Similar appellations include Joe Blow, first recorded in 1867; Joe Doakes, from the 1920s; and John Q. Public, coined by the writer William Allen White in 1937. John Doe has outlived them all.
See also: doe, john
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A "John Doe lawsuit" usually intends to uncover the identity of the fictitious defendant by using the court to ultimately uncover Doe's name and location.
The party upon whom a John Doe summons is issued has no chance to contest the summons prior to its issuance; rather, that party must fail to comply and await the IRS's enforcement action in order to seek review before a court.
Although he declined to address the student's contention that UO officials had violated his constitutional due process rights, the judge ruled that the university had disregarded its own procedures before it concluded that John Doe had committed a sexual assault.
In American Vision, a study of Capra's work, the critic Ray Carney describes Meet John Doe as a postmodern landscape where "there are no realities outside of media events, advertising splashes, public relations blitzes, and image-building appearances"--a world of "fictions within fictions without end." Mitchell and Doe may think they are in control of their environments, he writes, but they aren't: The two cons "are not the masterful, poised, independent performers they fancy themselves to be but are actually puppets in Norton's scheme to advance his political career."
[401.18] The issues you must decide on John Doe's claim against Rachel Rowe are whether Rachel Rowe was negligent in the operation of her vehicle, and, if so, whether that negligence was a legal cause of the loss, injury, or damage to John Doe.
In October 2013, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed the second John Doe investigation.
Michael Clarkin: What inspired the story of John Doe: Vigilante, and can you tell me about the script-development process?
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The main criticisms typically aimed at John Doe DNA indictments focus on the perceived deficiencies of DNA evidence, which can be exacerbated by the gap in time between the collection of a sample and the location of a match.
Which American film features a villain called John Doe? 8.
Work preparatory to redrafting the Oxford English Dictionary' entry for the name John has turned up three hitherto unpublished references to John Doe. (1) The earliest of these dates from 1599, 170 years before Blackstone's celebrated comment on this legal fiction, long viewed as the first written attestation.
John Doe is the person who blogs anonymously on the Internet and infringes upon your client's legal rights.
22 -- The 1941 Frank Capra classic Meet John Doe had hit the celluloid about four years before Anna Hazare was born.
District Court judge recently denied the United States' Petition for Leave to Serve "John Doe" Summons.