2.5-5 Complaining Witness
New, June 13, 2008 (modified April 23, 2010)
Evidence has been introduced that
the complaining witness,
<insert name of complainant>, may be culpable in the alleged offense. You must consider the credibility of <insert name of complainant> in
light of any motive (he/she) might have for testifying falsely and incriminating
the accused, <insert name of defendant>.
In evaluating the testimony of this
witness, you should consider (his/her) appearance and demeanor as a witness, the
reasons given for (his/her) coming forward and telling (his/her) story to the
authorities, and whether any motive has appeared or any reason is apparent why
(he/she) would accuse the defendant.
You must consider and compare
(his/her) testimony with all the other testimony and evidence in the case. It
is up to you to determine whether to believe this witness. Like all other
questions of credibility, this is a question you must decide based on all the
evidence presented to you.