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Friday, November 24, 2006

So would you commit perjury?

Laura Campbell is going to prison for 4 years. Her crime? She gave her brother a false alibi for the night he committed murder. Not only did she give a false alibi she later repeated this under oath in court.

Of course lying under oath for a loved one is not that unusal. Maxine Carr did it in the Soham case.

Loyalty to ones family and friends is seen as a admirable quality these days. You don't stitch up your mates you stand by them. Loyalty is one thing but lying is another.

I am not certain what I would do? Do any of us? I suspect I am a) too much of a coward and b) too honest. I think I probably would say no but who knows until you are in that situation.

So what would you do if a family member or friend asked you to lie on oath to give them an alibi in such a situation?

3 comments:

Roger B. said...

I would refuse to lie on their behalf but, thankfully, it's pretty unlikely to happen.

Kate said...

No, I don't think I could do it, I couldn't lie that convincingly, especially if I was standing up in court with all eyes on me.

Nathalie Winberg said...

Depends on what crime was commited and why.

If my brother did something for his own gain just because, I wouldn't lie for him. But let's say we lived in a place where freedom of speech doesn't exist and he anonymously published things, then I would lie for him.

You know.. for a good cause. Otherwise I'd be sorry to say that you'll have to take consequences for your own actions.