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TO LIE. That which is proper, is fit; as, an action on the case lies for an injury committed without force; corporeal hereditaments lie in livery, that is, they pass by livery; incorporeal hereditaments lie in grant, that is, pass by the force of the grant, and without any livery. Vide Lying in grant.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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However, this serious group is a very small percentage of the population and should not justify a firm and automatic: "Don't ever lie to me."
The decision to lie to the media remains, in effect, a decision to lie to the general public.
Compared to those legitimate instances when law enforcement officials must intentionally deceive the media, it becomes clear that no ethical justification exists for those officials who lie to avoid embarrassment to another official or their agency.
It is only a good, sound, truthful person who can lie to any good purpose; if a man is not habitually truthful his very lies will be false to him and betray him.
These children lie to avoid punishment or out of fear of what will happen to them.
American literature does not take a back seat in the production of liars who lie to punish the undeserving.
And half admitted they still lie to get out of sex, says the research commissioned by That's Life magazine.