Testimony IS evidence. In cases where all the evidence is testimony, credibility becomes very important. Credibility can involve the potential for bias, position of the witnesses, training and experience of the parties, past criminal histories, etc.
Most do not go anywhere, but some actually do. It often depends on what else is involved. If all you have is "He did it!" vs. "No I didn't!" then it's difficult, but, not impossible.Quoting chuckycheese
Very often that is simply the victims asserting that it is stolen.In theft cases, I imagine it would have to be established that something was actually stolen.
If you report your wallet was stolen, how am I going to know you ever had a wallet? Or, that the wallet wasn't missing a month ago? You don't have to prove something was stolen, but that foundation has to be established by some evidence (and, testimony IS evidence).
Sure you would. But, again, this kind of case CAN (occasionally) be made on circumstantial evidence so it does not necessarily stand that money was "truly" embezzled, only that there is a belief beyond a reasonable doubt that the money was stolen and that the defendant committed the theft.If you were defending someone charged with embezzlement, wouldn't you expect to be shown that money was truly embezzled? I guess I just don't get it!