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lead a/the witness

To ask a witness at a trial a question that is articulated in such a way as to suggest that a particular answer or piece of information is true or has been established. This practice is forbidden in courts in America. Mr. Smith, I will not allow you to lead a witness in my courtroom. Either ask legitimate questions, or I will find you in contempt of court. Objection! The prosecution is clearly leading the witness.
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The use of demonstrative aids during expert evidence does not give rise to the same concerns about leading the witness' testimony that arises from their use with fact witnesses.
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The inclusion of such evidence might seem analogous to a law court's acceptance of testimony where an attorney has been leading the witness, but Gellman doesn't see it that way.
3) preferably the hypnotist and coordinator should know as little as possible about an individual case to avoid leading the witness;