Rebuttal Witness Michigan
In People v. Leo, 188 Mich App 417, 422; 470 NW2d 423 (1991), the Court explained:
Rebuttal testimony may be used to contradict, repel, explain, or disprove evidence presented by the other party in an attempt to weaken and impeach it.
The test for error regarding rebuttal evidence is whether it is justified by the evidence it is offered to rebut.
A prosecutor cannot elicit a denial during the cross-examination of a defense witness and use such denial to inject a new issue into the case.
Cross-examination cannot be used to revive a right to introduce evidence that could have been, but was not, introduced in the prosecutor's case in chief.