leading the witness
- 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
- In the defense attorney's cross-examination, he was accused of leading the witness to discredit the testimony.
- The judge warned the prosecutor about leading the witness during her own client's testimony.
- The attorney was able to lead the witness during cross-examination after the judge declared the witness hostile.