cash for trash

JuriTerreni

Senior Member
Chinese-China
From TV series<American Crime Story>,

I'm doing a piece on cash-for-trash stories, witnesses selling their testimony.

How do I understand this cash for trash? Thank you.
 
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    Do you have more context, JuriTerreni?

    Does "selling their testimony" refer to (1) agreeing to testify only if paid, or (2) agreeing to give false evidence in exchange for money, or (3) giving accounts of their testimony to the media for money?
     

    dermott

    Senior Member
    B.E. via Australian English
    The term is explained in the second half of the sentence and defined here: “cash for trash,” the semi-journalistic practice of paying witnesses in high-profile criminal trials to give interviews.
     

    perpend

    Banned
    American English
    Some would call it "expert witness testimony".

    Trash can be treasure, as in the adage.

    Can we get more context and/or sentences, Juri?
     

    JuriTerreni

    Senior Member
    Chinese-China
    Do you have more context, JuriTerreni?

    Does "selling their testimony" refer to (1) agreeing to testify only if paid, or (2) agreeing to give false evidence in exchange for money, or (3) giving accounts of their testimony to the media for money?
    I don't know, he doesn't explain it.
     

    JuriTerreni

    Senior Member
    Chinese-China
    Some would call it "expert witness testimony".

    Trash can be treasure, as in the adage.

    Can we get more context and/or sentences, Juri?
    The sayer is a journalist from New Yorker, he came to meet one of OJ Simpson's lawyer. He thinks that "The O.J. Simpson trial seemed like a perfect". And the lawyer says"No, no, it's inconsequential. It's window dressing. It's not the best use of your time."
     
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