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Last updated: 06-Oct-2014

Buller J in Pasley v Freeman (1789) E.3 T.R.51:

The defendant undoubtedly had his option to give an answer to the question or not: but if he gave none, or said he did not know, it is impossible for any court of justice to adopt the possible inferences of a suspicious mind as a ground for grave judgment. All that is required of a person in the defendant’s situation is, that he shall give no answer, or that if he do, he shall answer according to the truth as far as he knows.

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