hostile or adverse witness


hostile or adverse witness
hostile or adverse witness
A witness who manifests so much hostility or prejudice under examination in chief that the party who has called him, or his representative, is allowed to cross-examine him, i.e., to treat him as though he had been called by the opposite party. When a party calls a hostile witness, an adverse party, or a witness identified with an adverse party, interrogation may be by leading questions. Fed.Evid. R. 611.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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