Would you lie under oath to prevent a loved one from going to jail?

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  1. Darrell Roberts profile image73
    Darrell Robertsposted 6 years ago

    Would you lie under oath to prevent a loved one from going to jail?

    If a loved on was on trial for some crime and there was a possibilty that they may go to jail, would you lie to protect them.  Lets say the crime was stealing money from a company.  Lets say it was not an extreemly large sum of money but enough to get a grand larceny charge.

    Lets also say this s the person you love the most.  What would you do?

  2. BobMonger profile image60
    BobMongerposted 6 years ago

    I am sorry to say I have found myself in exactly this position and it was one of the toughest decisions I've ever had to make. The first thought was to tell the lie and get this person off the hook, but after much thought I just couldn't do it. This person I loved so much was doing something they knew was wrong and were doing it rather than dealing with their problems in a constructive manner. It became clear to me that this sort of dishonesty was carrying over into our lives together and was beginning to snowball. God help me, but this was the only way I knew that would make this downhill slide stop. I convinced them to plead guilty and, in a deal with the court, helped them make restitution. We were told by the Judge that if there had been a guilty verdict the penalties would have been much, much worse. Our relationship ended some time after this, but to this day they thank me for doing the right thing and stopping something much worse from happening. It was a tough call but I'd do it again if I had to.

    1. Darrell Roberts profile image73
      Darrell Robertsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Very nice , thank you for sharing.  I do not know what they did, but if you would make the same decision again, I am sure you did the fight thing in that instance.

    2. BobMonger profile image60
      BobMongerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for choosing my answer. The crime was theft but the underlying problem was drug abuse. In doing the hard thing in the beginning we were kept from an even harder thing later on. Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy.

  3. Ramsa1 profile image62
    Ramsa1posted 6 years ago

    I would not lie under oath. It's called integrity.

  4. ChitrangadaSharan profile image80
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 6 years ago

    Have not faced such a situation and I wish not to face such a situation in future. Because I can not lie, under oath or otherwise. Some people have even criticized me for always supporting the truth.

    1. Darrell Roberts profile image73
      Darrell Robertsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Tough question, I respect your answer very much. I hope neither of us get in that situation.

  5. christopheranton profile image70
    christopherantonposted 6 years ago

    When I was growing up I was taught that Perjury was a very serious sin because it involved calling on God to witness to a lie. I have not abandoned that belief yet.
    I hope I am never in the position of having to test my fidelity to this creed. I would not lie under oath though, no matter who it was for.

    1. Darrell Roberts profile image73
      Darrell Robertsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      You are a tough guy. I admire you strength. I hope we never get in that position as well.

  6. Rebecca2904 profile image73
    Rebecca2904posted 6 years ago

    I think it depends on the circumstances? If, for example, I was protecting a doctor friend who had ended the life of a terminally ill patient at their request, but was now facing a murder charge? Yes, I think I probably would lie for them. If it was someone who had got angry/drunk/high and had done something terrible? No, because they should have known better.
    Obviously my view might change if I was actually in that situation, but looking at it now.. I think that's probably how I would react.

    1. Darrell Roberts profile image73
      Darrell Robertsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Very nice Rebecca2904.  I would probably do the same thing.  I think it is more important to do what is right in your heart as long as you have good intentions.

  7. CrescentSkies profile image82
    CrescentSkiesposted 6 years ago

    If it was a crime that I felt was justified then I would without hesitation or a shred of remorse, otherwise I can be surprisingly cold.


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