Therefore the Project Manager’s statements to the witness would be admissible against the Project Manager (and, vicariously, his employer) as “admissions” and could be used to prove their knowledge and intent.
Admissions or other important evidence often come from witness statements about telephone conversations.
If, for example, a witness admits he paid a bribe, ask for copies of the withdrawal slips, the wire transfer receipts or any other records of the payments; if the witness claims he met with the official to discuss the bribe, find out when and where they met, anyone else who was present, and request copies of all documents, such as travel records or credit card receipts, that would confirm the meeting.
Remember that circumstantial evidence can be used effectively to corroborate direct evidence, and vice versa.
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the statements of an important witness, particularly if the credibility of the witness is subject to attack.For example, in a case in which a witness admits paying a cash bribe to a government official, for which there is no other direct evidence, the steps of proof might include circumstantial evidence to corroborate the direct evidence. Record in detail (when, where, how, why, etc.) the statement of the witness that he paid the government official in cash (this is the direct evidence); 2.Prove that the government official spent or deposited a significant amount of cash shortly after he allegedly received the cash bribe; 3.Because knowledge and intent are states of mind of the subject, courts permit these elements to be “inferred from all of the facts and circumstances,” in other words, to be proven by circumstantial evidence. A typical US jury instruction states: “Intent may be proved by circumstantial evidence.Indeed, it can rarely be established by any other means.