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14th Apr '17 4:07:35 AM eroock
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12th Apr '17 3:32:57 AM jormis29
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* Sort of referenced in ''Series/TheDefenders'', where Nick knows that his client's alibi witness is the real killer, but can't tell anyone. He says that the jury never buys "the other guy did it", even when the other guy ''did'' do it.[[spoiler: And this is enough for the real killer to confess to Nick, knowing he would just lie on the stand if asked. Then Nick pulls out a tape recorder.]]

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* Sort of referenced in ''Series/TheDefenders'', ''Series/{{The Defenders|2010}}'', where Nick knows that his client's alibi witness is the real killer, but can't tell anyone. He says that the jury never buys "the other guy did it", even when the other guy ''did'' do it.[[spoiler: And this is enough for the real killer to confess to Nick, knowing he would just lie on the stand if asked. Then Nick pulls out a tape recorder.]]
29th Jan '17 12:38:01 PM SoapheadChurch
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* OlderThanFeudalism: [[Creator/MarcusTulliusCicero Cicero]] is known to have employed this tactic in his famous judicial speeches, most notably in the very first case of his career when he defended Sextus Roscius against the charge of patricide. He was a lot more direct about how he went about this than most later examples, largely due to how lax Roman trial procedure was back then.
26th Dec '16 4:32:08 PM Drope
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** In the first case of ''Apollo Justice'' you go through the usual procedure of accusing the witness and even make her break down. [[spoiler:But that isn't the end, because she didn't actually do it, you simply caught her in a lie about her role at the club where the crime takes place. The real culprit doesn't get accused until he's called to the stand to make a special testimony]].

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** In the first case of ''Apollo Justice'' you go through the usual procedure of accusing the witness and even make her break down. [[spoiler:But that isn't the end, because she didn't actually do it, you simply caught her in a lie about her role at the club where the crime takes place. The real culprit doesn't get accused until he's called to place]]. It also features an inversion where [[spoiler:the defendant and witness, Phoenix himself, accuses a member of his own defense for the stand to make a special testimony]].crime]].
18th Oct '16 5:32:07 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* The whole point of the court martial in ''Literature/TheCaineMutany''. Greenspan unrelentingly cross-examines Queeg this way, eventually calling him as a hostile witness for the defense, accusing him of several illegal and immoral acts in order to portray him as incompetent and unfit for command. The prosecutor eventually realizes that Greenspan has turned the whole thing into a trial where the defense is prosecuting a witness. (And it ''works''.)

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* The whole point of the court martial in ''Literature/TheCaineMutany''.''Literature/TheCaineMutiny''. Greenspan unrelentingly cross-examines Queeg this way, eventually calling him as a hostile witness for the defense, accusing him of several illegal and immoral acts in order to portray him as incompetent and unfit for command. The prosecutor eventually realizes that Greenspan has turned the whole thing into a trial where the defense is prosecuting a witness. (And it ''works''.)
18th Oct '16 5:31:40 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* The whole point of the court martial in ''Literature/TheCaineMutany''. Greenspan unrelentingly cross-examines Queeg this way, eventually calling him as a hostile witness for the defense, accusing him of several illegal and immoral acts in order to portray him as incompetent and unfit for command. The prosecutor eventually realizes that Greenspan has turned the whole thing into a trial where the defense is prosecuting a witness. (And it ''works''.)
21st Jul '16 9:02:22 PM Discar
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* Sort of referenced in ''Series/TheDefenders2017'', where Nick knows that his client's alibi witness is the real killer, but can't tell anyone. He says that the jury never buys "the other guy did it", even when the other guy ''did'' do it.[[spoiler: And this is enough for the real killer to confess to Nick, knowing he would just lie on the stand if asked. Then Nick pulls out a tape recorder.]]

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* Sort of referenced in ''Series/TheDefenders2017'', ''Series/TheDefenders'', where Nick knows that his client's alibi witness is the real killer, but can't tell anyone. He says that the jury never buys "the other guy did it", even when the other guy ''did'' do it.[[spoiler: And this is enough for the real killer to confess to Nick, knowing he would just lie on the stand if asked. Then Nick pulls out a tape recorder.]]
21st Jul '16 9:01:51 PM Discar
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* Sort of referenced in ''Series/TheDefenders'', where Nick knows that his client's alibi witness is the real killer, but can't tell anyone. He says that the jury never buys "the other guy did it", even when the other guy ''did'' do it.[[spoiler: And this is enough for the real killer to confess to Nick, knowing he would just lie on the stand if asked. Then Nick pulls out a tape recorder.]]

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* Sort of referenced in ''Series/TheDefenders'', ''Series/TheDefenders2017'', where Nick knows that his client's alibi witness is the real killer, but can't tell anyone. He says that the jury never buys "the other guy did it", even when the other guy ''did'' do it.[[spoiler: And this is enough for the real killer to confess to Nick, knowing he would just lie on the stand if asked. Then Nick pulls out a tape recorder.]]
15th Jun '16 4:25:12 PM Doug86
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* [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=210#comic This]] ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' cartoon... is not a proper example, as merely this trope in its mundane 'accuse the witness' form would not be [[RuleOfFunny enough of a joke]]. [[spoiler: Accuse the ''judge'' if all else fails]].

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* [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=210#comic This]] ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' cartoon... is not a proper example, as merely this trope in its mundane 'accuse the witness' form would not be [[RuleOfFunny enough of a joke]]. [[spoiler: Accuse the ''judge'' if all else fails]].
10th Jun '16 10:55:27 PM TheBigBopper
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* This was spoofed on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when Bart and Lisa accuse, during Sideshow Bob's trial, [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed obvious Rush Limbaugh stand-in]] Birchibald Barlowe of being the true mastermind behind rigging the mayoral election. Bob will not stand for this. He immediately produces every piece of detailed evidence proving that he and only he could have effected such a triumph, including monogrammed leather files entitled "Bob's Fraud Log", volumes I-VI.

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* This was spoofed on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when Bart and Lisa accuse, during Sideshow Bob's trial, [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed obvious Rush Limbaugh stand-in]] Birchibald Barlowe of being the true mastermind behind rigging the mayoral election.election on the grounds that Bob isn't smart enough to have done it himself. Bob will not stand for this. He immediately produces every piece of detailed evidence proving that he and only he could have effected such a triumph, including monogrammed leather files entitled "Bob's Fraud Log", volumes I-VI.
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