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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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[begin strike through]The most difficult situation, therefore, arises in a criminal case where the accused insists on testifying when the lawyer knows that the testimony is perjurious. The lawyer's effort to rectify the situation can increase the likelihood of the client's being convicted as well as opening the possibility of a prosecution for perjury.
Indeed, when a gang member is accused of a crime, the gang culture dictates that fellow members will come forward to assist him, even if it means providing perjurious testimony.
The defendant was the principal of a movie production company that had filed for bankruptcy under Chapter XI, and the allegedly perjurious testimony was given in the course of the following examination by creditors: Do you have any bank accounts in Swiss banks, Mr.
These nullifications were dubbed "pious perjury" by Blackstone, to reflect the justified but nonetheless perjurious violation of the juror's oath).
21, 1999, at A14 (reporting President Clinton's attorney's attempt to distinguish Clinton's earlier lies about Monica Lewinsky from his allegedly perjurious testimony before the grand jury in the Paula Jones case, and noting Clinton's reputation for shading the truth "easily and often").
It is obvious that in characterizing Sismondi Lenin is a perjurious witness.
Luban states that Freedman "shows how the duty to put a perjurious client on the stand, or brutally cross-examine a witness known by the lawyer to be telling the truth, follows from the adversary system," The Adversary System Excuse, supra note 3, at 91.
Although she is pronounced guilty on the basis of these perjurious charges and sentenced to ten years of hard labor, the anonymous narrator manages her escape from prison by bribing a jailer, one Ratcliffe, but Agnes soon dies in a seedy urban quarter where they are living incognito.
United States, a non-responsive statement that is literally true is not perjurious, no matter how misleading.(17) (One need only think of President.
On Thursday, January 15, prosecutors from Starr's office met with Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder and presented him with information from tapes from Linda Tripp that the president might have encouraged Lewinsky to submit a perjurious affidavit in the Jones case.
However, Senator Bumpers clarified that he did not think the House Managers' actions were actually perjurious: The House Managers are distorting evidence (Premise).
Were Clinton's prevarications perjurious? Was Johnson's secretary of war covered by the Tenure of Office Act and legally protected from unilateral removal by the president?