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rothie

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What is the name of your state? New Jersey

Person A commits a crime and tells person B.

Person B tells Person C both in writing and orally that Person A has committed a crime. Can Person A
testify as a witness against Person A?
 


Jeter

Member
I'm assuming that your question is can person C testify as a witness against person A. The answer is yes and no.

The definition of a witness is simply someone who testifies at a court hearing. As a witness in this scenario, person C may be asked to describe the character of person A or person B, or share personal experiences. C may NOT, however, pose as an EYE witness to the crime or state that he was present when the event(s) in question occured. He would be committing perjury. If C tried to state facts based upon what he was told or what someone wrote, his statement would be met with a hearsay objection.


Jeter
 
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rothie

Guest
thank you! Yes, I meant to say can C testify against A.

Jeter said:
I'm assuming that your question is can person C testify as a witness against person A. The answer is yes and no.

The definition of a witness is simply someone who testifies at a court hearing. As a witness in this scenario, person C may be asked to describe the character of person A or person B, or share personal experiences. C may NOT, however, pose as an EYE witness to the crime or state that he was present when the event(s) in question occured. He would be committing perjury. If C tried to state facts based upon what he was told or what someone wrote, his statement would be met with a hearsay objection.


Jeter
 

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