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The Language of Perjury Cases$
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Roger W Shuy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199795383

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795383.001.0001

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False statements in a political contribution conduit scheme

False statements in a political contribution conduit scheme

(p.52) (4) False statements in a political contribution conduit scheme
The Language of Perjury Cases

Roger W. Shuy

Oxford University Press

This case is about a corporation that collected individual campaign contributions from employees and then illegally paid them back for their contributions. A state senator’s brother was the corporate official who collected the employees’ checks, then returned them. Since his brother paid the senator back for a loan he had made to him personally at the very same time the employees’ reimbursement checks were issued, the prosecutor called the senator to testify during indictment hearings of his brother and other company officials. During his grand jury testimony, the senator and the prosecutor used the word, “reimburse,” to refer to different things, leading to his indictment for perjury. The chapter deals with issues relating to the speech act of reimbursing, the lack of mutual understanding, the speech act of requesting clarification, intention, and grammatical clarity.

Keywords:   false statements, speech acts, intention, grammar, meeting of the minds, grammar, referencing, lexicon

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