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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

It's one of the Ten Commandments: Do not lie.

As a child I got a pretty graphic example from a nun of why lying is unwise.

She said if you tell a lie you will have to tell nine more lies to cover up that one lie, and for each of those nine lies you tell, you will have to tell nine more, and for each of those you will have to tell nine more, and so on.

“You 0can't keep track of all the lies, so you will be caught,” she said.

I have a whole new perspective on lying.

Our local federal prosecutor calls it “the Martha Stewart Law.” That's because she's the most famous person convicted of violating Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1001, when she decided to be cooperative and talk to a federal agent and lied.

When Tony Parker got a call on Aug. 8, 2008, and Sammy Yearty on Aug. 18, each went right in — alone — to chat it up with the agents. The agents used the “ruse” of a probe in Dixie County, then after lots of words, sprung the question about taking a lunch, dinner or gift.

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