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Lies to cover up crime often draw charges

• Reuters
The high-profile cases of pitching great Roger Clemens and former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich highlight a well-worn strategy by prosecutors: if you can't bust them for the crime, try nailing them for lying about it.

Prosecutors often charge suspects with making false statements to investigators in part because that is often easier to prove than the more serious allegations and can be used to elicit help from witnesses, especially in corruption and terrorism cases.

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