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character witness

n. a person who testifies in a trial on behalf of a person (usually a criminal defendant) as to that person's good ethical qualities and morality both by the personal knowledge of the witness and the person's reputation in the community. Such testimony is primarily relevant when the party's honesty or morality is an issue, particularly in most criminal cases and civil cases such as fraud.

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On being informed of the outcome of the case, former jockey Graham Bradley, who was not called as a character witness, said: "I don't know anything about it, so I can't really comment on it."
Canon Bell confirmed to Wales on Sunday: 'I was asked to give a character witness to how his behaviour had been during the time he was a member of my congregation.
A majority of this committee, however, concluded a judge may not testify as a character witness without first being properly summoned.
By my divorce settlement ("And lucky to get it!" my lawyer said), I was forbidden to have the boys in my home if I shared the house with any person; I could take them out of their home state only if we went to be with my mother, whom my husband had threatened to call as a character witness for him.
Lisa Pemberton will take the stand to serve as a character witness for her son, said lawyer Virgie Lacsa-Suarez, counsel of the Laude family.
A character witness for the defendant said he was a well-respected tailor of 14 years standing who had never received a complaint.
Gary Neville, who has been present at Bolton Crown Court throughout the trial, which started on Monday, was called as a character witness for the defence.
Gary Neville, who has been at Bolton Crown Court throughout the trial, which started on Monday, was called as a character witness for the defence.
And Sinclair said: "I was not surprised to be named as a character witness. We genuinely got on well and I don't mind giving my opinion on such a relevant and important issue within not just football but society.
Cole had been called as a character witness for Terry, who was found not guilty of racially abusing Rio's brother Anton Ferdinand at his week-long trial last month.
According to the report, the Real Madrid coach provided a written character witness statement, in which he claimed that Terry had an excellent relationship with all the players regardless of ethnicity when he was at the helm between June 2004 and September 2009.
Sandusky allegedly asked if he would be a character witness.