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.
Staying out of prison, maybe?
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.