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LEADING QUESTION Definition & Legal Meaning

Definition & Citations:

A question put or framed in such a form as to suggest the answer sought to be obtained by the person Interrogating. Coogler v. Rhodes, 38 Fla. 240, 21 South. Ill, 50 Am. St. Rep. 170; Gunter v. Watson. 49 N. C. 450; Railway Co. v. Hammon. 92 Tex. 509, 50 S. W. 123; Franks v. Gress Lumber Co., Ill Ga. 87, 30 S. E. 314. Questions are leading which suggest to the witness the answer desired, or which embody a material fact, and may be answered by a mere negative or affirmative, or whicli involve an answer bearing immediately upon the merits of the cause, and indicating to the witness a representation which will best accord with the interests of the party propounding them. Tur- ney v. State. 8 Smedes & M. (Miss.) 104, 47 Am. Dec. 74. A question is leading which puts into a witness’ mouth the words that are to be echoed


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