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I'm not all that knowledgeable on the subject, but I would assume that V'Darashta V'chakarta... also applies to the second pair of witnesses. After all, it's impossible to know right off the bat that the second pair is not trying to lie to help a friend of there.


Lashon hara is not a problem when it is intended to serve as a benefit to society rather than just as gossip. As far as diyun l'chaf zechus, according to the Rambam in his Pirush Mishnayos on the relevant passage in Avos, diyun l'chaf zechus would be where an action that was open to interpretation contradicted what was already known of a person's ...

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