Author says she shouldn't be punished for perjury - - Jackson, MS

Author says she shouldn't be punished for perjury

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Best-selling author Nevada Barr says she shouldn't face sanctions for lying under oath about an extramarital affair in a pretrial divorce deposition.

Her testimony came Thursday in a hearing before Hinds County Chancellor Dwayne Thomas. The Clarion-Ledger reports Thomas did not immediately rule on the sanctions.

The Mississippi Supreme Court in 2008 left intact the property settlement from Barr's divorce from Richard Broderick Jones in 2006. The justices, however, sent the case back to Hinds County to determine if Barr, who has written "Winter Study" and "Hard Truth," should be sanctioned or face criminal charges for perjury.

On Thursday, Barr testified she initially lied about when the affair began because she wanted to protect the man, who is now her husband, from possibly losing his job.

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