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Perjury (From White-Collar Crime: Fifth Survey of Law, P 955-969, 1989, Andrew J. Gildea, ed. -- See NCJ-120557)

NCJ Number
American Criminal Law Review Volume: 26 Issue: 3 Dated: (Winter 1989) Pages: 955-969
D A Glauber
Date Published
15 pages
Sections 1621 and 1623 of Title 18 of the United States Code define the Federal crime of perjury and identify the sanctions for the offense.
The broader definition of perjury occurs under Section 1621, which defines the crime as any false declaration made under oath before a competent tribunal, officer, or person in any case in which a law of the United States authorizes an oath to be administered. Section 1623, on the other hand, defines perjury as sworn false statements made in any proceeding before or ancillary to any court or grand jury of the United States. Penalties under the two statutes also differ. Under some circumstances recantation of perjured testimony may preclude prosecution under Section 1623, but under Section 1621 recantation is not an accepted defense. Other defenses are also discussed. Elements of the offense as defined by both statutes are outlined, along with relevant case law and procedural issues. 125 footnotes.


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