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Do people ever really get arrested for perjury? Warnings are on forms and such, and you know people lie, yet you hear of so few arrests

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Getting arrested for perjury and getting convicted of perjury are two different things. If you want someone famous getting arrested for perjury, look up Barry Bonds. He was arrested for perjury, along with other criminal charges. The jury could not come to a decision in regards to the perjury charges. Like people have pointed out, perjury is difficult to prove in court and that is a factor in whether the government will want to pursue it.

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If I remember correctly perjury is hard to prove.....

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Perjury used to be punishable by hanging or beheading or firing squad
Today - it's not hard to prove - as above stated - if you lie on the stand
And it's found that indeed you did lie
You probably will be held in contempt
Or giving 30 days in jail
Depending on the severity of the lie-
So your not really arrested -
But held in contempt - or jailed on the spot-

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This answer is totally confused. None if it is correct.
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I beg to differ -
I would go into details about my grandmother -
But I won't -
I don't think this is the only answer to the question - there are many answers-
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Read livinglifeinpeace's answer-
Maybe I didn't word my answer properly , but my answer is not incorrect -
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For one thing, perjury is a criminal offense, contempt of court is an offense against the court. They are totally different things.
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But you can be held in contempt for lying.
That was my point-
Though I didn't explain well-
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Contempt is when you disobey a court order or disrespect the judge. Committing a crime does not generate a contempt charge, it generates a criminal indictment.
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Depends on the judge -
And the circumstances -
Let's agree to disagree -
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Yes, the law is a matter of personal opinion.
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Whatever -
I know people have been held in contempt for lying on the stand-
That's a fact !
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Most recently, Shellie Zimmerman, George Zimmerman's wife (soon to be an ex-wife), was found in contempt of court for committing perjury during one of her husband's hearings regarding how much money they had... She was charged with perjury although did not do any jail time...

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Perjury is common. In fact, until maybe 75 years ago they didn't bother swearing people in at trial because they expected people to lie on the stand. Today, perjury charges are usually brought only when its an egregious violation that actually affected an outcome of a case. By the way, Perjury and contempt are totally different charges and cannot substitute for each other.

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