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witness stand

The witness stand is the location in a courtroom where a witness sits or stands while giving testimony. This is usually a platform to the left and slightly below the judge's seat. A witness called to testify is said to "take the stand."...

witness tampering

The act of obstructing justice by improperly interacting with a witness before or after trial. Examples include influencing, threatening, harassing, or physically harming the witness.

witnesseth

Witnesseth is legal jargon for the term witness. The general meaning is “to take notice of” or “to witness.” With the passing of time, the usage of the term “witnesseth” has declined but it is still used in contracts to make them look more...

wobbler

A wobbler is a special class of crimes involving conduct that varies widely in its level of seriousness. Wobbler statutes cover a wide range of offenses, including assault with a deadly weapon, vehicular manslaughter, money laundering, and...

Woodson v. North Carolina (1976)

Woodson v. North Carolina (1976) is the U.S. Supreme Court case holding that North Carolina’s mandatory death penalty for individuals convicted of first-degree murder violated the Eighth Amendment. Find the full opinion here.

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words of art

Words of art is a reference to terminology with a meaning that is specific to a particular profession, art, science, technology, or other field; or jargon that is only known to those who have a particular occupation.

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words of procreation

Words of procreation are a language in a will or deed that indicates a transfer of property to one person and that person's descendants. Typically, the words are used as "to A and the heirs of his body," where A is the person who inherits the...

work credits

Work credits are used by the Federal government to determine a person’s eligibility for Social Security benefits, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, and Medicare. A person earns a credit for a certain amount earned in wages...

work for hire

A work for hire, or work made for hire, refers to works whose ownership belongs to a third party rather than the creator. Under general copyright principals, a copyright becomes the property of the author who created the work. However, work...

work made for hire

When a work is deemed to be "made for hire," the employer (and not necessarily the employee-creator of the work) is deemed to be the author and therefore owns all rights associated with the work under copyright law.

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