impeachment of witness

An attack on the credibility of a witness by the testimony of other witnesses that the facts about which he has testified are other than as he has stated; by proof that his general reputation is bad; by proof that he has previously made contradictory or inconsistent statements, or by proof of his bias, interest, or hostility. Harris v Tippett, 11 Eng Rul Cas 144. Any means through proof of impairing the credit of the witness, involving matters affecting the general credit of a witness as well as those affecting his credit in the particular case. 58 Am J1st Witn §§ 674 et seq.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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