Dr. Logan Clark

Defense Witness

The job of a witness

A witness is responsible for a giving an honest, detailed recount of their involvement as a bystander during a crime. They may be asked to give a testimony outside the courtroom and may be cross examined by the prosecution.


As the school consoler, Dr. Logan Clark could be asked to give information about Jordan Miller that may lead the jury to believe his innocence. When questioned by the prosecution, Clark will likely have to navigate a series of questions designed to incriminate the defense based on suspicious behavior reported of Miller.

Significance of a witness

A witness is one of the only people who has a first hand experience with the crime committed. Their testimony and their answers in court are the only source of ethos that an attorney can use to sway the jury, and they often carry the burden of proving certain emotional damages. Although they are pivotal to the jury's decision, they are often not extremely reliable in a criminal case.


Dr. Clark will be the only one in the court room who has a both superior and personal relationship with both the defendant and the offense. Clark will be responsible for giving the jury an impression of Miller's possible motivation for committing the crime.

power of persuasion

The jury, after looking solely at evidence will look to the witnesses to provide a relatable, human account of the crime. If a witness has a particularly heartbreaking, vengeful, or otherwise convincing stance on the crime, they may have the power to persuade the jury one way or another. Because a witness has the power to access the human emotion of the jury, they bring the aspect of humanity to the table and can appeal to those making the decision.


If Clark gives a very strong willed impression of Miller, saturated with glowing rhetoric, it may bring the jury to sympathize and cut him some slack. However, if Clark seems indifferent, they jury may be more moved by the prosecution's stance.

Parameters

A witness may not commit perjury, otherwise know as lying under oath. If they are found guilty of this, the case may be thrown out for obstruction of justice.

Cites

"Arbitration and Litigation." Out.Law. Pinset Masons, 12 Nov. 2012. Web. 7 June 2015.