I heard that gay British TV gabber Ray Gosling got a suspended sentence for "wasting police time" because he said he mercy-killed his partner a few months back, and I thought, Wow, the British criminal justice sucks. They investigate you, and if they can't convict you they charge you for wasting their time. I read on, and the charge (and suspended sentence) makes sense:
But in the fourth interview, after an overnight stay in a police cell, Gosling admitted he had not been present at the death and had made up the story.
He said: "I am not sure I put the pillow on his head and ended his life.
"I think I might've got carried away by hearing other people's stories of how they were going to or had done their partners in.
"Everything else was true. He was my lover, he had Aids, he was dying. The pillow bit, I might've got carried away.
"We did have an agreement, whether I'd have done it or not I don't know.
"But I don't think I did...and I don't want to waste police time, your time, and put people to unnecessary work."
Now the moral seems like: Wow, gasbags really do feel a need to make up random stuff to sound more interesting on TV in both the US and the UK.