exculpatory no doctrine
- A principle within the federal criminal legal system that states a person can't be accused of lying if their false denial of being guilty came as a reply to a question asked by a federal investigator
- The defendant relied on the exculpatory no doctrine to avoid charges of making a false statement.
- Despite making false claims to federal investigators, the accused escaped charges due to the exculpatory no doctrine.
- The protection offered by the exculpatory no doctrine sometimes prevents individuals from being penalized for misleading federal investigators.