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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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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.
A character witness for the defendant said he was a well-respected tailor of 14 years standing who had never received a complaint.
Brooks, 45, and Kuttner, 74, smiled at Ms Payne as she entered the witness box at the Old Bailey in London as a character witness.
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.
Defending, James Smith told the judge that Mr Barnett was of previous good character and many colleagues, friends and family had written character witness statements.
Earl is coerced into acting as a character witness at Joy's (Jaime Pressly, above) trial, and realises he must give up his own freedom in order to save her.
Mark Cox, whose statement was read as a character witness for the defence, worked with Claire Lyte, 29, of Shirley, Solihull, while he managed the Lawn Tennis Association's Futures programme.
Among those who appeared at the trial was trainer Mick Channon, who was a character witness for Wright.
I had intended to be a character witness for the court case.