Forrest asked them if he had his fifth amendment rights. They said no, but he was to answer the questions. So, he did lie. It would have been interesting to see which questions he would have used that right, too, if he'd had it.
He would give answers like;Reminds me of the old tree in the forest concept. It ain't a lie until it's proven to be so. The proof wasn't there. Did he tell the whole truth? I doubt it, I probably wouldn't have if I weren't backed into a corner.
Meh. Forrest was no more forced to lie than Lee was forced to resign and join the Virginia Volunteers. These guys made their choice, and whether I agree with the choice or not, I prefer to respect the fact that they had a choice to make, and made it.I don't see how Forrest could have answered much of any other way when the tables were rigged. Denying him his protection against self-incrimination was forcing him to fib.
I think Forrest was much more vulnerable than Lee. I do believe he was truly at risk of being executed if people like Brownlow had their way, while I know Lee, after the initial fears he had as the war ended, knew prison might be a result. He wouldn't be the man many of us admire if he hadn't been smart enough to survive.Staying out of prison, maybe?
One must remember "innocent until PROVEN guilty". While not innocent, I certainly have never thought Forrest was guilty.When it comes to taking the 5th, it's my understanding that you have to plead it on every question put to you. I could be wrong, but if I'm right, NBF would have not have answered any questions if allowed to plead the 5th.
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