A group of teenage boys are going to testify against a former coach as Williams Rule witnesses. The boys have lied in sworn statements. If the defense can prove these lies, does the case get dismissed or are the witnesses ruled inadmissible?
It depends on what type of proceeding they are testifying in--if it is a trial and the witnesses are shown to have lied, it is up to a jury (or the judge if there is no jury) to decide whether they are lying. "Proof" that a witness is lying depends on how the testimony is evaluated by the trier of fact (judge or jury)
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The defense attorney for the coach can ask for a Williams rule hearing to try to attack the credibility of these witnesses and have them excluded.
Warning: This is not something to be done on his own without an attorney. You should definitely have the coach seek out a private criminal defense attorney for a solid and individualized difference.
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This appears to be part of an ongoing post/question involving a coach who may or may not have been asking boys to expose their penises. I'm not sure who keeps asking these questions, but if the "asker" is the coach--He needs to retain counsel immediately.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--Former Prosecutor--20 years experience.
This is a complicated issue with many moving parts. Williams Rule evidence in Florida as it relates to sexual offenses by an alleged offender known to victims is very prejudicial against the accused. A complicated hearing must be had to determine whether or not the collateral witnesses can testify. The problem here is that a defendant would have to defend the allegations against him from several
accusers....in the same trial. The prejudicial effects are overwhelming. The hearing to determine the extent of Williams Rule witnesses is a critical stage of this litigation and often determines the strength of the State. It is a dangerous situation for a defendant. Trying to discredit a witness through cross examination is A skill that has to be handled .by an experienced attorney who knows how to litigate a case like this in Florida. It is highly specialized
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