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False statements in a political contribution conduit scheme

Roger W. Shuy

in The Language of Perjury Cases

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199795383
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919314 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795383.003.0005
False statements in a political contribution conduit scheme

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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

Chapter.  4502 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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