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  •  yes, my point of course was that he didn't lie (none)
    My point, which I stand behind, and which is based on both personal experience and the statements of others (gathered through a lifetime of questioning and observation) is that inescapable truth may [and frequently does] mean one thing to a judge and another thing to a jury.

    But did those experiences include presenting the judge's basis for his claim as a 139 page ruling to the jury?  I didn't make a statement about such cases in general, but about this specific one, which has unusual characteristics.

    For an American jury, protestations of religious sincerity will trump the facts of law almost every time. If ever you find yourself, as a lawyer, making an appeal to the jury based on such a situation, I urge you, as a three-time former juror, to bear my statement in mind. It could make the difference for your client.

    If I gave the impression somewhere that I'm a lawyer, I didn't mean to -- I'm not.  OTOH, I too am a three-time former juror.  But that experience alone clearly isn't enough, since we have differing opinions here.  I stated mine -- "I suspect any competent prosecutor could reach a perjury conviction with such a court finding".  I suspect that because there's behavior in this case that has little to do with "religious conviction" -- people blatantly lied about documented events and contradicted their own statements.

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