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Is paying a witness to testify in court considered a bribe?

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It's too late for me to subpoena the witness and the witness wants me to pay $200 to compensate for their time and transportation. Is this considered a bribe?

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It's not a bribe if it fairly compensates the individual for what they are losing by appearing in court. I would deal with it in your questioning of the witness. Mr. Johnson. What is your occupation? What is your hourly wage? Are you losing work to be here today? Did it cost you money to travel here today. Are you being compensated for your time and travel expenses. How Much?

If you'd like to discuss, please feel free to call. Jeff Gold Gold, Benes, LLP 1854 Bellmore Ave Bellmore, NY 11710 Telephone -516.512.6333 Email -

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