What is perjury?

Perjury

Perjury, also known as forswearing, is the willful act of swearing a false oath or affirmation to tell the truth, whether spoken or in writing, concerning matters material to a judicial proceeding. That is, the witness falsely promises to tell the truth about matters which affect the outcome of the case. For example, it is not considered perjury to lie about one's age unless age is a factor in determining the legal result, such as eligibility for old age retirement benefits.

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Allegations of Perjury
... Notable people who have been accused of perjury include Barry Bonds has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly perjuring himself in testimony before a grand jury in 2003 as part of the BALCO ... President Bill Clinton was accused of perjury and as a result was impeached by the House of Representatives on 19 December 1998 ... Former Premier of Queensland Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen was acquitted of perjury due to a hung jury ...
Best Bakery Case - Perjury
... Indian Supreme Court to one year in prison for perjury in the murder, after being found guilty by the court of lying ...
Michael Deaver - Perjury Charges
... On March 18, 1987, Deaver was convicted of perjury for congressional testimony he had submitted ... He was convicted on three of five counts of perjury stemming from statements to a congressional subcommittee and federal grand jury investigating his lobbying activities with administration officials ...
Perjury: The Hiss–Chambers Case
... Perjury The Hiss–Chambers Case is a 1978 book by Allen Weinstein on the Alger Hiss perjury case. 1997, Weinstein published an updated and revised edition of Perjury, which incorporated recent evidence from Venona project decrypted cables, released ...
The Holohan Murder Case - A Committee Investigates
29, 1955, Icardi was indicted by a federal grand jury for eight counts of perjury ... down a directed verdict of acquittal on the perjury charges, citing the defense argument that there was no valid legislative purpose to Icardi's testimony before the subcommittee ...

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    I do not allow myself to be moved by anything except the law. If there has been a mistake in the law, or if I think there has been perjury or injustice, I will weigh the petition most carefully, but I do not permit myself to be moved by more harrowing details, and I try to treat each case as if I was reviewing it or hearing it for the first time from the bench.
    William Howard Taft (1857–1930)