Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas
SS: Treatise On The Cardinal Virtues
Q[69] Of Sins Committed Against Justice On The Part Of The Defendant
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We must now consider those sins which are committed against justice on the part of the defendant. Under this head there are four points of inquiry:

A[1] Whether it is a mortal sin to deny the truth which would lead to one's condemnation?

A[2] Whether it is lawful to defend oneself with calumnies?

A[3] Whether it is lawful to escape condemnation by appealing?

A[4] Whether it is lawful for one who has been condemned to defend himself by violence if he be able to do so?