And so, the Witch Hunt Chronicles continue. Oddly, the civil servants querying us lately seem to be pretty insistent on remaining anonymous. Not sure why they’re so persnickety, but we honor all such requests. That’s just how we roll when we’re wearin’ the hat.
“My lawyers have advised me, a successful businessman, very successful, so successful, trust me, with nothing to hide, that I should be careful to avoid a ‘perjury trap.'”
Q: So, how can I avoid a perjury trap?
A: Avoid lying.
“A perjury trap is when prosecutors subpoena a person to the grand jury not for truly investigative reasons, but simply to try to get the person to commit perjury.”
or, expressed more benignly…
“An anxiety that prosecutors will turn good-faith mistakes in testimony, or honest failures to remember, into perjury charges.
and if you want to get all legal-wonky about it:
“Perjury trap doctrine refers to a principle that a perjury indictment against a person must be dismissed if the prosecution secures it by calling that person as a grand-jury witness in an effort to obtain evidence for a perjury charge especially when the person’s testimony does not relate to issues material to the ongoing grand-jury investigation. The perjury trap is a form of entrapment defense, and so must be affirmatively proven by the defendant.”