The Police and ‘Testilying’: Perjury On the Witness Stand?

This column originally appeared on (, a news and commentary site. During any given criminal case, certain facts in police testimony that appear to be banal or happenstance—such as the placement of a hand or someone dropping a bag of drugs—seem reasonable when taken by themselves. But looking at police testimony in similar cases, if some facts continue to appear in case after case, an observer may come to a disquieting conclusion: police are lying. “Testilying” is the colloquial term […]