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Can a judge suggest to the jury that a witness is lying?

It is the jury's job to evaluate the credibility of the witnesses, and it is the judge's job to inform them of that responsbility. It is not appropriate, however, for the judge to indicate to the jury ...
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Are jurors instructed to not be influenced by the emotions of the witnesses?

No. Jurors generally do not receive such an instruction and it is not a rule of law or evidence. Jurors have to rule in accordance with the law, but how they judge the credibility of witnesses may be ...
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Can a judge suggest to the jury that a witness is lying?

It is the judge's obligation to instruct the jury w.r.t. believing witnesses. This is the introductory instruction for criminal trials in Washington, which on that topic says You are the sole judges ...
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Are jurors instructed to not be influenced by the emotions of the witnesses?

No. The military has a saying “never give an order you know won’t be obeyed”. While the judge can tell the jury to disregard some statement or other, what that really means is that judge is saying ...
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How are US grand juries instructed not to 'indict ham sandwiches' if there is no judge or opposing counsel?

With only prosecutor(s) and a court reporter, are jurors at all instructed to not simply "rubber stamp" the prosecution's desire to indict? Not really. They are told their job and the legal ...
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Can a judge suggest to the jury that a witness is lying?

There is a concept of implicature that says that meaning is conveyed not only by the meanings of the words, but by the circumstances that are likely to cause someone to utter those words. There is ...
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Can a judge suggest to the jury that a witness is lying?

In the US, in most if not all states, the Judge at a jury trial may not comment in such a way as to indicate a belief in the truth or falsity of testimony or the guilt or innocence of the accused. I ...
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What will a judge do if a witness refers to an event previously stricken from the record? (USA)

canada There is no need to strike apparently irrelevant segments from video evidence or to instruct the jury to ignore them. It would be an extremely time-consuming task, as well as confusing to the ...
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