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The Virtues of HonestyHonesty is to be honest truthful and sincere To be honest is to be fair and righteous in speech and act not to lie not to cheat or steal There are two types of solemn or sworn statements of honesty in society today an affidavit and an oathAn affidavit is a voluntary written statement sworn before an officer qualified to administer an oath Both the person making the affidavit that is swearing to the truth of the facts contained in the document and the witnessing officer a judge a commissioner of deeds or a notary public are usually required to sign the document Affidavits are quite frequently used in preliminary legal proceedings for example in filing or starting a lawsuit Persons who swear falsely in an affidavit may incur severe legal punishmentAn oath is a sworn statement affirmation or a pledge often used in legal matters which are usually based on religious principles One example of an oath is - every witness in a court of law must affirm or swear that the testimony she or he gives is the truth Another example of an oath is the oath that is taken by a public official such as the vice president and president of the United States of America when that official assumes office The taking of an oath generally implies some legal or moral sanction for failing to carry out ones sworn pledge A trial witness for example may be charged with the crime of perjury for lying under oathWhen someone swears to a statement under oath or on an affidavit and the statement is found to be false it is called perjury and is considered a breach of oath Perjury in some states in the United States of America is also known as a felonyPerjury in criminal law is a willful false statement made under oath with respect to a material matter either by a witness at a trial in
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