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material witness

n. a person who apparently has information about the subject matter of a lawsuit or criminal prosecution which is significant enough to affect the outcome of the case or trial. Thus, the court must make every reasonable effort to allow such a witness to testify, including a continuance (delay in a trial) to accommodate him/her if late or temporarily unavailable. (See: material, witness, trial)

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As part of the settlement, the federal government offered its regrets and agreed to compensate US citizen Abdullah alKidd over his arrest and detention as a material witness in the wake of Sept.
A brief review of the specific requirements of the Material Witness Statute--and of its relationship to other statutes and authorities--highlights the central role of judges in this context.
His complaint alleged that federal officials, acting pursuant to a policy devised by Ashcroft, were misusing material witness warrants in cases where they had no genuine interest in securing testimony, but really wanted opportunities to investigate suspected terrorists whom they did not have probable cause to arrest.
William Muir, trainer of Material Witness ``He ran a fantastic race at Leicester last Monday and Martin [Dwyer] said that would bring him on.
Between races he has Alpen Wolf babysitting him in a paddock, so he doesn't have a bad old life' - William Muir talking affectionately of his seven-year-old Material Witness
Bunbury Cup winner Material Witness runs off his highest mark in handicap company, while Kool has not won for more than two years but has dropped down the handicap and does have form on easy ground.
MATERIAL WITNESS warms up for Saturday's Vodafone Stewards' Cup by bidding to stretch his winning run to four in a hotly contested classified stakes today, writes Bruce Jackson.
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Grizedale is a general 16-1 chance after finishing fifth in the Bunbury Cup and Akehurst was pleased to see him finish just two lengths behind the winner Material Witness.
Second, at least for now, the law in the Sixth Circuit and thus throughout Tennessee, where the practice still continues and has in recent years seen its broadest use requires probable cause for material witness detention orders, (142) Thus, for the time period in which we know of the practice being in use in Tennessee, probable cause would have been required regardless of whether the detentions were purported to be applications of material witness authority.
He twiddled his moustache, adjusted his hat, tapped his cane and said: "It must revolve around a material witness monsieur.
MILFORD - A material witness to a horrific accident in August in which an illegal immigrant allegedly struck and killed a local man has disappeared after having cut his monitoring bracelet, and officials are furious they were not informed promptly of the violation.