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I'm not sure 'independent' legally, but let's say colloquially it means (at least in this context) more or less that the two witnesses weren't working as a team, hadn't worked out what to say beforehand, and/or that one witness's testimony hadn't been 'contaminated' by the recollections of the other witness. In that context, and despite your certainty, it is not certain whether the two witnesses are 'independent' or not, and how 'independent' their testimony was at the police station.

by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 03:50:20 PM EST
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