Is celebrity perjury undercutting the foundation of American justice?

May 23, 2011

Recently four high profile public figures, Bernie Madoff, Martha Stewart, “Scooter” Libby and Barry Bonds lied under oath. In his new book “Tangled Webs,” author James Stewart argues that this behavior is emblematic of a troubling trend in American society, that the celebrated and the very wealthy often perceive themselves to be above the law. Stewart contends that these rampant acts of perjury undercut the foundations of our legal system which relies on witnesses to tell the truth. Based on exclusive interviews with insiders from each case, Stewart explores the various motivations of those involved and looks at how this challenge to our judicial system affects business, academia, government and the medical profession. Has the importance of honesty been undermined by these high profile liers? When famous people trash the truth, does it hurt all of us?

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