leading the witness

Definition of "leading the witness"
  1. The act of posing questions during a trial or deposition in a way that suggests the desired answer or influences the witness, which is not appropriate when questioning one's own witness, but is permitted in cross-examination or when a witness is deemed hostile or adverse by the judge
How to use "leading the witness" in a sentence
  1. In the defense attorney's cross-examination, he was accused of leading the witness to discredit the testimony.
  2. The judge warned the prosecutor about leading the witness during her own client's testimony.
  3. The attorney was able to lead the witness during cross-examination after the judge declared the witness hostile.

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