Questions tagged [perjury]

Perjury is an act of lying under oath

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Why aren't all guilty people charged with perjury

Say you are convicted of murder, for example. When you go to court, and plead not guilty under oath, isn't that perjury, since you're lying by saying that you didn't do it? "Perjury is a criminal ...
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Dashcam video contradicts officer's testimony in municipal traffic court, what are the consequences? How do you charge for perjury?

During a traffic court trial, a police officer's testimony contradicts dashcam video and leads to a guilty verdict. Can the officer be charged with perjury? Who charges the officer with perjury? How ...
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What protection against a perjury prosecution does a hostile witness have?

Smith is subpoenaed as a witness for the defense in a criminal case. The prosecution is allowed to treat the witness as hostile, and Smith is directed to limit his responses to yes and no. Assume that ...
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Is a lie + "under penalty of perjury" enough to be perjury?

Suppose I took a piece of paper and wrote on it: 2 + 2 = 5 I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on [date]. [my signature] Would I have technically ...
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Adapt the oath of truth to a reasonable version?

I find the oath Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? an almost absurd request. It is common-sense that nobody knows the whole truth about anything, so how ...
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What does "declare under penalty of perjury" mean within a federal civil case?

I was reading a document filed by a member of the SEC in a civil case. (1:15-mc-91258-RGS in District of Massachusetts) At the beginning, it said this: I, <name>, declare under penalty of ...
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Recourse for prosecution whose witness suddenly changes their story on the stand

Say prosecution has a witness who saw the defendant do the crime and is happy to testify it on the stand. But when they take the stand, they suddenly surprise the prosecution by saying they did not ...