A trustworthy witness will not lie, but a false witness utters lies. Proverbs 14:5
A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who tells lies will not escape. Proverbs 19:5
A truthful witness saves lives, but he who utters lies is treacherous. Proverbs 14:25
One of a prosecutor’s favorite tricks is to catch an otherwise innocent man in a lie. This “process” crime is used as leverage to obtain evidence against an even bigger fish.
Going in, the witness should know that perjury is a serious crime, just by reciting the oath. But invariably, they think they can get away with it. And they don’t.
Time and time again we’ve seen this trick used in this era of special prosecutors, with grand success.
The maxim is, always tell the truth. Not only is it easier to remember, it’s the quickest way out of a jam.
Why can’t the best and the brightest understand this? It’s baffling.