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James Stewart on Perjury

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

James Stewart discusses what he sees as an epidemic of perjury sweeping our country, undermining the foundation of our courts, and explains why he thinks it’s symptomatic of a broader breakdown of ethics in American life. Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff goes behind the scenes of the trials of Martha Stewart, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Barry Bonds, and Bernard Madoff, and includes interviews with prosecutors, investigators, and participants speaking for the first time. The book looks at age-old tensions between greed and justice, self-interest and public interest, loyalty and duty.

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G Chu from usa

The biggest propagandist for James Stewart and his book of yellow journalism on Martha Stewart is National Public Radio, which is his de facto sponsor. It is a national agenda of National Public Radio to hype and hawk James Stewart and his "tangled webs" of fiction on Martha Stewart, victimizing her in a vendetta of lies that lines his pockets with easy money. Taxpayer resources should not be used in any way for the personal enrichment of James Stewart. This makes a compelling case for the complete defunding of National Public Radio.

James Stewart is a lying brazenly about Martha Stewart and also engaged in a "breakdown of ethics" regarding DePauw University, which is hyping and hawking his book of yellow journalism on Martha Stewart. In using the resources of DePauw and hijacking its institutional stature, James Stewart is abusing and misusing his position as a trustee of DePauw for his personal enrichment and abusing and misusing the non-profit status of DePauw for his own financial gain. Immorally condoning prosecutorial malfeasance and legal malpractice, James Stewart is engaged in ruthless lying on Martha Stewart with the complicity of the propagandist media, including National Public Radio.

No evidence existed of any "false statements" by Martha Stewart. Not one single word spoken by Ms. Stewart or the Bush persecutors was recorded in a transcript or in sworn testimony; she was never under oath. James Stewart has no personal knowledge of the facts; he is abusing and misusing his free speech rights in his vendetta of brazen lies on Martha Stewart.

For his own financial gain, James Stewart is targeting the destruction of jobs and shareholder value embodied by Martha Stewart; the same evil deed that was previously acccomplished by the SEC and the Bush persecutors in targeting the destruction of Ms. Stewart for political gain.

The Martha Stewart case stands as a condemnation of the legal system; it is a blot on American democracy; and President Barack Obama owes her a presidential pardon.

May. 08 2011 08:53 AM
G Chu from usa

The biggest propagandist for James Stewart and his book of yellow journalism on Martha Stewart is National Public Radio, which is his de facto sponsor. It is a national agenda of National Public Radio to hype and hawk James Stewart and his "tangled webs" of fiction on Martha Stewart, victimizing her in a vendetta of lies that lines his pockets with easy money. Taxpayer resources should not be used in any way for the personal enrichment of James Stewart. This makes a compelling case for the complete defunding of National Public Radio.

James Stewart is a lying brazenly about Martha Stewart and also engaged in a "breakdown of ethics" regarding DePauw University, which is hyping and hawking his book of yellow journalism on Martha Stewart. In using the resources of DePauw and hijacking its institutional stature, James Stewart is abusing and misusing his position as a trustee of DePauw for his personal enrichment and abusing and misusing the non-profit status of DePauw for his own financial gain. Immorally condoning prosecutorial malfeasance and legal malpractice, James Stewart is engaged in ruthless lying on Martha Stewart with the complicity of the propagandist media, including National Public Radio.

No evidence existed of any "false statements" by Martha Stewart. Not one single word spoken by Ms. Stewart or the Bush persecutors was recorded in a transcript or in sworn testimony; she was never under oath at any time. James Stewart has no personal knowledge of the facts; he is abusing and misusing his free speech rights in his vendetta of brazen lies on Martha Stewart.

For his own financial gain, James Stewart is targeting the destruction of jobs and shareholder value embodied by Martha Stewart; the same evil deed that was previously acccomplished by the SEC and the Bush persecutors in targeting the destruction of Ms. Stewart for political gain.

The Martha Stewart case stands as a condemnation of the legal system; it is a blot on American democracy; and President Barack Obama owes her a presidential pardon.

May. 08 2011 08:49 AM
jawbone

Has John Mearsheimer been on to talk about his new book, <i>Why Leaders Lie: The Truth About Lying in International Politics</i>?

Interestingly, leaders are more likely to lie to their own people than to other leaders, other nations' leaders.

Rot from the top?

http://www.amazon.com/Why-Leaders-Lie-International-Politics/dp/0199758735

Apr. 19 2011 02:56 PM
jawbone

Interesting take on how our society manages to ignore the wrongdoings of those too big to fail: Bury or don't cover news of actual wrongdoing and focus on austerity pushers!

http://www.ourfuture.org/blog-entry/2011041618/bipartisan-senators-indict-wall-street-media-yawns-six-guys-push-stale-deficit

Apr. 19 2011 02:51 PM
lucyinthesky from Cranford, NJ

I am so thrilled that someone has finally called attention to a problem that has been eating at me for many years. This tsunami like phenomenon of lying and perjury I believe is a function of what I reluctantly suspect may be an overabundance of freedom here. I am not advocating censorship of any sort....but the lack of moral fiber at the highest levels of society is, like your guest has pointed out, far more dangerous and far reaching in its affect, on society and the culture than the news bytes the individual incidents produce. Yes...it's very scary when loyalty starts to trump truth as a cultural norm, forget about what it teaches youth at insidiously subliminal levels. I am at odds to figure out how our "leaders" can suddenly phoney up a demonstration of character, or to identify some means of reversing this trend.....it is soooooo sad when even Greg Mortenson ( I grant you he is no "leader" but he is a cat that got rich on his lies like countless other crooks in this country) is exposed! Our anything goes modus operandi is a big reason why people come here. It's certainly not because they believe that if they try real hard they will become president! Another myth!

Apr. 19 2011 02:17 PM

If things don't change what will happen is the following :

Large and powerful institutions - corporations that are too big too fail, the US office of the presidency, and rich celebrities will cheat the system for primarily personal gain and occasionally political gain. They are able to cheat within a 'survivable margin'; that is, life pretty much still goes on, civilization moves along.

However, eventually, these institutions, greedy as they are, will cheat the system a bit too much. Our recent financial downfall is an example; however it is yet to be seen whether or not it has exceeded this 'survivable margin'.

The result will be catastrophic for large numbers of the less powerful, and as history shows, will likely yield death or at the least severe reductions in quality of life for millions, perhaps tens of millions of people as we have seen in the first world wars.

Apr. 19 2011 02:09 PM
Rudy Shur from Garden City Park, NY

Let me get this straight. James Stewart thinks untruthful testimony in court is now epidemic. Hmmm. Exactly when does he think it started to happen? During Watergate? During the Scottsboro Boys' trials, Or was it during the Salem Witch trials?

The question should be about how widespread lying on the stand has become; the question should be about how we've gotten this far with a court system that, in too many cases, is truly blind to justice.

Apr. 19 2011 02:04 PM
A in NYC from NYC

Why isn't the author discussing the most serious and rampant area of perjury in our legal system, the Family Courts. Child custody, restraining orders and divorce all engender perjury for advantage, yet we seem to ignore this epidemic.

For example, Elaine Epstein, a past President of the Massachusetts Bar Association and a founder and first President of the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association wrote a very brave column entitled “Speaking the Unspeakable,” Ms. Epstein acknowledged that which seems heresy to many. Surveying the state of our family courts, she concluded that the “frenzy surrounding domestic violence” has paralyzed good judgment. “The facts have become irrelevant.” “Everyone knows that restraining orders and orders to vacate are granted to virtually all who apply, lest anyone be blamed for an unfortunate result ... In many [divorce] cases, allegations of abuse are now used for tactical advantage.”[1]

When will you do a show focusing on this?

[1] Elaine Epstein, Esq., “Speaking the Unspeakable,” Massachusetts Bar Association Newsletter, 1993; see also Hitting below the belt: Easy to get, hellish to deal with, restraining orders have become the ultimate weapon in domestic disputes, by Cathy Young, Salon.com, Monday, Oct 25, 1999.

Apr. 19 2011 02:02 PM
John R from Montclair, NJ

Continuing along with Jeffrey Kawalek's statement, most Americans first experience with the court system occurs in response to traffic tickets or mistermeaners. Young adults are consistently targeted for underage drinking and marijuana possession, and whatever your opinion on the severity of these charges, the police commonly trick these young people into incriminating themselves. The police tell these youths that if they come clean and confess that everything will be "alright." Any adult, however, would know confessing would be a mistake.

My point is that how can we expect adults to be honest in matters of the law when we are trained from youth to distrust those that enforce it.

Apr. 19 2011 01:59 PM
CL from NY

Bonds was convicted of obstruction of justice, not perjury. There is an important difference.

Interesting show, BTW.

Apr. 19 2011 01:56 PM
jawbone

Seems to me people seem to be caught for little things on perjury -- but when banksters are too big too fail they're also too big to prosecute.

Seems like the biggest (and Madoff is a sacrifice to allow the Powers That Be to say they have "gone after" Wall Street. Yet, his was just a pyramid scheme writ somewhat larger than others.

The credit swaps and CDO's and other exotic instruments (in all honesty I have forgotten the exact terms by now, so little has been made of them....) which wreaked havoc on our entire economy and the lives of millions? Meh. Banksters got money out the backdoor of the Fed, with even their wives getting such favorable "loans" which don't need to be paid back! (See Matt Taibbi's "The Wives of Wall Street.")

I can't get worked up over Martha Stewart or Bill Clinton not considered a blow job to be "sexual intercourse" when the big things are just...part of the "savvy businessmen" doing their personally profitable savvy "business."

Yeah, feeling a tad cynical nowadays.

Apr. 19 2011 01:53 PM
Joe from Englewood, NJ

Is it OK for the government to lie to us?
ie Iraq war

Apr. 19 2011 01:45 PM

Is it me or does James Stewart sound like a cross between Mr. Rogers and Jimmy Stewart? Coincidence or not?

But seriously, this is a huge issue. Unfortunately there are no easy solutions, but they are simple. How do you stop a child from lying?

There must be some consequence. Judges could help, however it comes down to us, the voters. We have the power, we just don't use it.

Apr. 19 2011 01:41 PM
Jeffrey Kawalek from Maplewood, NJ

I was stopped by a unmarked police car in Hoboken soon after 9/11 on my way to work at ABC in NYC. He gave me a ticket for a supposed traffic infraction which I "fought" in traffic court. I told the Judge what happened, and then the officer got up and completely lied about the circumstances. I got a fine and points as a result of his perjury. And he is a supposed "officer of the court".

Apr. 19 2011 01:38 PM
ann n nyc from NYC

In a recent jury trial, I witnessed a former NYC chancellor of education lie boldly and without any hesitation on the stand. He held strong and steady with his fiction, so there was no way to challenge his testimony.

Apr. 19 2011 12:10 PM
bob from Noisy Joisy

We have already entered the Orwellian phase whereby evil is good, lies are truth, and this is symptomatic of our moral decline prior to our fall as a country. Hate to sound like this but it's clear we have no moral compass like we used to in America. Steroids, murder, greed and corruption, power is the name of the game and the ends justify the means. Ugh!

Apr. 19 2011 11:00 AM

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