Perjury

Summary

“An offence against public justice, being a crime committed when a lawful oath is administered by any that has authority, to any person in any judicial proceeding, who swears absolutely and falsely in a matter material to the issue or cause in question.” Illinois law classified perjury as an “infamous” crime, along with offenses such as rape and . Upon being convicted of perjury, a person lost the right to vote, serve as a juror, and provide testimony in trials and was barred from holding any office of “honor, trust, or profit.”

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