For Feds, ‘Lying’ Is a Handy Charge | WSJ.com

Remember:  You have nothing to gain, and everything to lose, when speaking with police.  Do not consent to any searches.  Keep your wits about you, be courteous. Ask if you are being detained or whether you are free to leave, then … and commit this to memory … shut the fuck up.  If you are free to leave, leave.  Perhaps be nice enough to give the officer / investigator the contact info for your attorney. Remember, the officer / investigator is just doing their job.  See here…

BY JOHN R. EMSHWILLER AND GARY FIELDS, MONTEREY, Calif.—When federal prosecutors can’t muster enough evidence to bring charges against a person suspected of a crime, they can still use a controversial law to get a conviction anyway: They charge the person with lying.

The law against lying—known in legal circles simply as “1001”—makes it a crime to knowingly make a material false statement in matters of federal jurisdiction. Critics across the political spectrum argue that 1001, a widely used statute in the federal criminal code, is open to abuse. It is charged hundreds of times a year, according to court records and interviews with lawyers and legal …via WSJ.com.

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