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take the stand

To testify in court during a trial. We'll only be able to convict this scumbag if you're willing to take the stand—the whole case falls apart without your testimony. The defendant took the stand to give her version of events.
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take the stand

to go to and sit in the witness chair in a courtroom. I was in court all day, waiting to take the stand. The lawyer asked the witness to take the stand.
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Mohd Johan Mohd RIdzuan, a Jawi videographer, revealed this when he took the stand as the fourth witness during the trial of Siti Kasim, an activist who was charged and pleaded not guilty for voluntarily obstructing a Jawi officer, Sit Nor Jihan Saleh @ Md Ghazali, from discharging her public functions, during a raid at the Renaissance Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, on April 3, 2016.
Swift took the stand as she testified in a lawsuit brought against her by DJ David Mueller, 55, who said he was fired from radio station KYGO after Swift alleged he groped her bare buttocks during a photo op at the event, Swift is countersuing and claiming he sexually assaulted her.
Summary: Prosecutorial staff took the stand again at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Wednesday, testifying about the geographic surveys and phone record analysis they conducted in support of the prosecution's allegation that five Hezbollah members carried out extensive surveillance to plot the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
THREE witnesses took the stand yesterday in the trial of two teenagers accused of drug dealing, despite objections that their evidence could be tainted.
7 : a place or post which a person occupies : station <The witness took the stand.>
Jackson called Schaffel and told him he was off the charity project, said Schaffel, who also took the stand yesterday.
But after a break, Mr Leonard took the stand and said: "I am sorry that my frustrations are boiling over chairman."
Spellings took the stand despite NCLB being her baby.
The court noted that the offender took the stand while the jury was out of the courtroom, and that the jury was aware that the offender was in jail pending trial.
Carolyn Pick, 36, took the stand for the first time in the phone sex trial.
When academics took the stand, they did so not for a fee, but as spokesmen for their professions.
Summary: Abdel-Hadi Mahfouz, the head of Lebanon's National Audiovisual Media Council, took the stand at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Wednesday in the contempt case against Al Jadeed TV and journalist Karma Khayat.
Each of his wives took the stand, all cried, and all asked for leniency.
Baywatch beauty Pamela Anderson finally took the stand yesterday in her pounds 5million court battle over a movie deal.
Cardinal John O'Connor of New York took the stand that the President, who once studied at the Catholic University of Georgetown, Washington, D.C., was wrong in receiving Communion, because he knew he didn't fulfil the first condition.