Thursday, March 22, 2007

Just to clarify...

From 1115: "Lying under oath is perjury. And perjury, sir, is a crime."

As much as it pains me to say it, that's not quite right.

Explicit to the corpus delecti of "perjury" is the concept of "materiality." Lying under oath is at all times prosecutable, but it doesn't rise to the level of perjury unless the testimony offered has material relevance to a case.

This doesn't...uhm--materially alter the point 1115 is trying to make. Just a long standing quibble of mine. People get this wrong all the time. It's like the fucking 21st century! IT DID NOT START ON January 1, 2000, assholes! Your New Years' parties were thus TEH LAME!

This has been yet another generously offered public service.

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