At common law, this was a separate offense from perjury. It consisted of procuring or somehow inducing another person to commit perjury.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
The crime of encouraging, inducing, or assisting another in the commission of perjury, which is knowingly telling an untruth under oath. Example: Lawyer Frank is interviewing a witness in an accident case who says that Frank's client was jaywalking outside the crosswalk when struck by the defendant's car. Frank tells the witness to help his client by saying the accident occurred in the crosswalk and the witness so testifies in court. Frank is guilty of subornation of the witness's perjury.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:25 pm