Would you be willing to commit perjury for a close friend? For example, might you testify that he was driving carefully when he hit a pedestrian even though he had been joking around and not paying attention?
No. And I’m sure that would lose me some friendships if I were put into that position.
I’m sorry, but I’m not going to lie under oath and potentially get myself charged with a federal crime just so you, my friend, can avoid facing the consequences of your actions. Especially if you hit someone with your car! We really don’t need this to turn into some kind of I Know What You Did Last Summer kind of situation.
What about you? Are you a better friend than me? Would you lie on the stand to help a friend obtain their get out of jail free card? Let me know in the comments! And let me know the limit of how deeply you’d lie. Would it depend on the crime? I look forward to seeing your responses!
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.