Perjury

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Perjury

The crime of lying under oath or making a false statement on an affidavit. In order to be considered an act of perjury, the false statement must relate to the matter at hand; it would not be perjury, for example, to falsely state a person's eye color unless it involves the identification of a defendant. Prosecutions for perjury, however, are fairly unusual.
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Playing the part of the victim, she subsequently allows herself to be kept at a brothel by Popeye and perjures herself at the murder trial of an innocent man, less out of malice toward the accused than out of indifference.