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Italian Court Protects a Woman’s Right to Lie

Posted on Mar 9, 2008

Italy’s court of last resort has ruled that married women have an inalienable right to lie about having an affair. Specifically, the court decided that a 48-year-old woman who lied to the police was justified in defending her honor.

Italian men may have the same right, but untangling the zaniness of the Corte Suprema di Cassazione could take some time.

For those who are curious, Italy’s court of cassation does not decide constitutional matters; rather it rules on the proper interpretation of the law.


The court gave its landmark ruling after hearing the case of a 48-year-old woman, convicted of giving false testimony to police by denying she had lent her mobile phone to her lover.

The appeal court did not agree that she had broken the law.

It said bending the truth was justified to conceal extra-marital relationships.

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By cyrena, March 10, 2008 at 12:11 pm Link to this comment

Well, all I can say is that I don’t have a single solitary problem with an Italian woman, (or any other Italian for that matter) lying or bending the truth about anything. (maybe if I lived in Italy I’d care, but I don’t, so I don’t. smile )

Dick Bush et al however, is a different matter. I want THEIR asses locked up for treason, and then all of the other stuff they’ve lied about.

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By Douglas Chalmers, March 10, 2008 at 3:13 am Link to this comment

Aren’t the police guilty of not minding their own business in this instance?

Whose “honor” was impinged, then? There were three parties…...

This is the way it works out in a country where divorce is not socially or religiously sanctioned - aren’t the police thus actually harassing the woman?

But those old goats in the court - the older they get the more they want to find a way of protecting themselves form being prosecuted over “bending the truth” in their own erratic legal decisions, uhh.

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By Margaret Currey, March 10, 2008 at 2:48 am Link to this comment
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Can not anyone see what I see, if she had said she had an affair, then her husband would either divorce her leaving her to raise the children alone.

In some cultures there is honor killing, if your wife cheated on her husband or about to be husband then he had the right to an honor killing, the deck is stached against a woman.

This government went through a lot of tax money to try to impeach a president because he lied about a affair, yet we have a president who lied about a lot of things,if not an outright lie then a twisting and bending of the truth.

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By PatrickHenry, March 10, 2008 at 2:45 am Link to this comment

I bet he wishes he had this judge in his corner.

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By Outraged, March 9, 2008 at 10:28 pm Link to this comment

Quote: “It said bending the truth was justified”

Don’t you just love this “bending the truth” qualification…?  No….really…it’s not a lie…. it’s a “bending of the truth”.  Hmmm…  So I’m curious, at what point does “a bending of the truth” become a lie?  Any takers….?  Is this only when your caught “red handed”?  But what REALLY is “red handed”....?  LOL

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