Fight perjury with original meaning of testimony

2014-05-09T00:00:00Z Fight perjury with original meaning of testimony nwitimes.com
May 09, 2014 12:00 am

With five police officers found lying under oath, it occurred to me that apparently perjury isn't a big deal.

My first time on jury duty, in 1975, a man was suing a bank and the bank officers. After the trial, I found out all the bank officers were charged with perjury.

With all my years of jury duty, I found out lying under oath was not uncommon.

The courts should go back to the origins of the word "testimony." You put your hand on your privates and swore by them you were telling the truth. If you were found lying, those body parts were cut off in the town square for all to witness.

Hopefully, there would be less lying and a few individuals with high voices.

But, we are too civilized to expect people to actually tell the truth. Sad!

- Myron Winchester, Calumet City

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