25 QLR 547 (2006-2007)
The Perjury Paradox: The Amazing Under-Enforcement of the Laws regarding Lying to Congress

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THE AMAZING UNDER-ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAWS
REGARDING LYING TO CONGRESS
Lying to Congress is one of Washington's more enduring
traditions.
P.J. Meitl*
In March 2005, Baltimore Oriole first baseman Rafael Palmeiro
fervently stated under oath before a congressional committee that I
have never used steroids. Period. I don't know how to say it any more
clearly than that, punctuating his comments with a marked point of his
finger and an air of indignation.' Palmeiro seemed genuinely innocent,
impressing members of Congress with his performance. Committee
Member Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) stated that Mr. Palmeiro's testimony
was the most passionate and convincing of those players who testified
2
before the Committee. In fact, Palmeiro even made a believer of the
President of the United States who stated He testified in public and I
believe him.3 Nearly five months later, Palmeiro was suspended for ten
days for using steroids. While he did not deny testing positive for the
drugs, Palmeiro insisted that ingesting them was an accident, a claim
that experts said was unlikely.4 To most, it seemed clear that Palmeiro
had blatantly lied to Congress. Citing a lack of sufficient evidence, the
House Committee responsible for the hearing declined to recommend
* PJ Meitl is an associate at Bryan Cave LLP. Mr. Meitl graduated from Georgetown
University with a JD/MBA and was the Editor-in-Chief of the American Criminal Law
Review, a publication known for its focus on white-collar crime. Mr. Meitl previously
worked for two different members of Congress and interned in the United States Attorney's
Office for the District of Columbia in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section.
1. Bob Dart, Congress Takes Swing at Steroids; Baseball Stars Grilled in Packed
Hearing on Capitol Hill, ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, Mar. 18, 2005, at 1A.
2. Jorge Arangure Jr., Palmeiro Suspended for Steroid Violation; Orioles Star Denied
Use Before Congress, WASH. POST, Aug. 2, 2005, at AO1.
3. Supplement or Snake Oil?, L.A. TIMES, Aug. 6, 2005, at B 18.
4. Associated Press, Palmeiro Offered Few Answers During Hearing, Sources Claim,
USA TODAY, Aug. 19, 2005, at http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/2005-08-19-
palmeiro-panel x.htm.

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