Affirming a Bronx man’s perjury conviction for lying in a civil proceeding, a federal appeals panel in Manhattan last week went out of its way to denounce such lies and declare, as if joining the Clinton impeachment debate, that such prosecutions are “unremarkable.”

The panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in United States v. Feliz, 98-1254, mainly rejected specific due process claims raised by Melvin Feliz. Mr. Feliz argued that his rights were violated by a four-year gap between his lies at a 1993 civil trial alleging police brutality and his 1997 perjury indictment.