No. 71-1011.

409 U.S. 352 (1973)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided January 10, 1973.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Sheldon H. Elsen argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs were Lewis Shapiro and John S. Martin, Jr.

Andrew L. Frey argued the cause for the United States. With him on the brief were Solicitor General Griswold, Assistant Attorney General Petersen, Beatrice Rosenberg, and Marshall Tamor Golding.

MR. CHIEF JUSTICE BURGER delivered the opinion of the Court.

We granted the writ in this case to consider a narrow but important question in the application of the federal perjury statute, 18 U. S. C. § 1621:1 whether a witness may be convicted of perjury for an answer, under oath, that is literally true but not responsive to the question asked and arguably misleading by negative implication...

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