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Leading Question

Definition - What does Leading Question mean?

A leading question is a question asked of an individual during a direct examination; it is deliberately worded to infer the desired answer.

Generally, leading questions are not allowed in within the United States legal system. However, there are several exceptions to this rule.

Justipedia explains Leading Question

The greatest exception to the rule is during the cross-examination of an individual. Generally, an attorney is allowed to ask an opposing party leading questions. The reason for this is because it is assumed that opposing parties will have inherently different views and motives concerning the case.

As an example of a leading question, the following is worded in a leading manner: "You were not located at your ex-girlfriend's apartment on the night of November 13, 2013, correct?" This question is leading because it suggests an answer by providing an exact location for the testifier. The non-leading way to ask this question would be: "Where were you on the night of November 13, 2013?"

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