One who acts for another, not openly, but as a principal to hide the identity of the party for whom acting. A dummy. An irresponsible bondsman or surety who posts a worthless bail bond to get an accused released. One made to appear as the owner of record who in fact holds title for another.
- “Straw-man' ploy: When a party calls a witness solely to present otherwise inadmissible hearsay testimony under the guise of impeachment.
Federal Rules of Evidence Rule 607 provides, 'the credibility of a witness may be attacked by any party, including the party calling him.' In addition, they assert that a prior inconsistent statement of the witness may be admitted to attack his credibility even if the statement tends to directly inculpate the defendant. United States v. Miller, 664 F.2d 94, 97 (5th Cir. 1981), cert. denied, 459 U.S. 854, 103 S. Ct. 121, 74 L. Ed. 2d 106 (1982); United States v. Sisto, 534 F.2d 616, 622 (5th Cir. 1976); Williams v. United States, 394 F.2d 821 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 393 U.S. 890, 89 S. Ct. 211, 21 L. Ed. 2d 169 (1968).
'A prosecutor may ...