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15th Aug '16 8:30:29 AM StarSword
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* In one episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', the team interviews a SmugSnake trust fund brat for the murder of a Marine officer, but the suspect is cleared when a {{paparazzi}} video surfaces of him going into a hotel with a senator's underage daughter at the time of the murder. Ziva promptly arrests him for statutory rape to get him back for being a dickhead.
15th Aug '16 8:07:01 AM BKelly95
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* ConfessToALesserCrime: In "I Shot The Sherrif" the protagonist confesses the murder of the sherrif, but claims he didn't shoot his deputy. Confessing the murder of the official higher in ranking instead of the lower one will no doubt result in a stronger sentence if he is ever caught.

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* ConfessToALesserCrime: In "I Shot The Sherrif" the protagonist confesses the murder of the sherrif, but claims he didn't shoot his deputy. Confessing the murder of the official higher in ranking instead of the lower one will no doubt result in a stronger sentence if he is ever caught.
27th Jul '16 6:09:52 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Rome}}''. Evander is kidnapped and tortured by Pullo and Octavian until he confesses to sleeping with Vorenus' wife. Pullo is prepared to kill Evander on the spot, but Octavian stops him, realising that his ready confession is covering for something else. [[spoiler:He's fathered a child by her, who would be killed if Vorenus found out.]]
15th Jul '16 1:23:00 PM Adeon
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** Quark tries to holo-record Major Kira for a holosuite porn program; when he's spotted, he lies that he's putting together a battle simulator with the DS9 crew (still illegal, but less icky). Kira isn't fooled for a moment.

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** Quark tries to holo-record Major Kira for a holosuite porn program; when he's spotted, he lies that he's putting together a battle simulator with the DS9 [=DS9=] crew (still illegal, but less icky). Kira isn't fooled for a moment.
3rd Jul '16 11:08:49 PM M84
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', when Ned Stark returned from Robert's Rebellion he had to explain the presence of the baby boy he was bringing back to Winterfell with him ''somehow''. [[EmbarrassingCoverUp He claimed that he had a one-night stand and fathered a bastard]], [[YourCheatingHeart betraying his marriage to Catelyn]]. This understandably put a strain on his marriage, and led to Cat resenting poor Jon Snow his entire life. Jon also had to put up with being placed at a distance from the other Stark children, to the point of being seated at a different table during feasts. As sad as the whole situation was, it was far preferable to revealing the truth: [[spoiler:Jon is Ned's ''nephew'', not his son. Jon is the son of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, making him the last known male Targaryen in Westeros. The dying Lyanna made Ned promise to hide him from Robert (who would have killed Jon due to his hatred of Rhaegar and the other Targaryens); a promise Ned kept for the rest of his life.]]

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', when Ned Stark returned from Robert's Rebellion he had to explain the presence of the baby boy he was bringing back to Winterfell with him ''somehow''. [[EmbarrassingCoverUp He claimed that he had a one-night stand and fathered a bastard]], [[YourCheatingHeart betraying his marriage to Catelyn]]. This understandably put a strain on his marriage, and led to Cat resenting poor Jon Snow his entire life. Jon also had to put up with being placed at a distance from the other Stark children, to the point of being seated at a different table during feasts. As sad as the whole situation was, it was far preferable to revealing the truth: [[spoiler:Jon is Ned's ''nephew'', not his son. Jon is the son of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, making him the last known male Targaryen in Westeros. The dying Lyanna made Ned promise to hide him from Robert (who would have killed Jon due to his hatred of Rhaegar and the other Targaryens); a promise Ned kept for the rest of his life. Ned pretended to be an unfaithful spouse to hide that he was essentially committing treason against Robert.]]
3rd Jul '16 11:07:21 PM M84
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', when Ned Stark returned from Robert's Rebellion he had to explain the presence of the baby boy he was bringing back to Winterfell with him ''somehow''. [[EmbarassingCoverup He claimed that he had a one-night stand and fathered a bastard]], [[YourCheatingHeart betraying his marriage to Catelyn]]. This understandably put a strain on his marriage, and led to Cat resenting poor Jon Snow his entire life. Jon also had to put up with being placed at a distance from the other Stark children, to the point of being seated at a different table during feasts. As sad as the whole situation was, it was far preferable to revealing the truth: [[spoiler:Jon is Ned's ''nephew'', not his son. Jon is the son of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, making him the last known male Targaryen in Westeros. The dying Lyanna made Ned promise to hide him from Robert (who would have killed Jon due to his hatred of Rhaegar and the other Targaryens); a promise Ned kept for the rest of his life.]]

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', when Ned Stark returned from Robert's Rebellion he had to explain the presence of the baby boy he was bringing back to Winterfell with him ''somehow''. [[EmbarassingCoverup [[EmbarrassingCoverUp He claimed that he had a one-night stand and fathered a bastard]], [[YourCheatingHeart betraying his marriage to Catelyn]]. This understandably put a strain on his marriage, and led to Cat resenting poor Jon Snow his entire life. Jon also had to put up with being placed at a distance from the other Stark children, to the point of being seated at a different table during feasts. As sad as the whole situation was, it was far preferable to revealing the truth: [[spoiler:Jon is Ned's ''nephew'', not his son. Jon is the son of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, making him the last known male Targaryen in Westeros. The dying Lyanna made Ned promise to hide him from Robert (who would have killed Jon due to his hatred of Rhaegar and the other Targaryens); a promise Ned kept for the rest of his life.]]
3rd Jul '16 11:06:11 PM M84
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', when Ned Stark returned from Robert's Rebellion he had to explain the presence of the baby boy he was bringing back to Winterfell with him ''somehow''. [[EmbarassingCoverup He claimed that he had a one-night stand and fathered a bastard]], [[YourCheatingHeart betraying his marriage to Catelyn]]. This understandably put a strain on his marriage, and led to Cat resenting poor Jon Snow his entire life. Jon also had to put up with being placed at a distance from the other Stark children, to the point of being seated at a different table during feasts. As sad as the whole situation was, it was far preferable to revealing the truth: [[spoiler:Jon is Ned's ''nephew'', not his son. Jon is the son of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, making him the last known male Targaryen in Westeros. The dying Lyanna made Ned promise to hide him from Robert (who would have killed Jon due to his hatred of Rhaegar and the other Targaryens); a promise Ned kept for the rest of his life.]]
10th Sep '15 2:47:02 AM eroock
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A Subtrope of InfractionDistraction. Contrast FalseConfession, TakingTheHeat, and EmbarrassingCoverUp.

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A Subtrope of InfractionDistraction. Contrast FalseConfession, TakingTheHeat, and EmbarrassingCoverUp.EmbarrassingCoverup.
6th Sep '15 3:28:11 AM SSJMagus
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* In ''Series/{{24}}'', Jack Bauer [[EnhancedInterrogationTechniques tortures]] his own brother Graeme after discovering he was involved in the terrorist events of the day. His brother admits to being behind the assassination of ex-President David Palmer and to several attempts on Jacks' own life, and admits that the "terrorists of the day" more or less stole from and double-crossed his company to carry out their campaign. After Jack leaves, though, their father- revealed to be the BigBad of the season- talks to Graeme and asks why he gave up that much, and Graeme admits that he had to tell Jack ''something'' to get him to stop the torture- no matter how bad the stuff he told Jack was, it was really just the tip of the iceberg as both of them are involved in serious, far-reaching criminal conspiracies [[spoiler: and thus his dad [[OffingTheOffspring murders him]] before he can tell Jack anything else]].

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* In ''Series/{{24}}'', ''Series/TwentyFour'', Jack Bauer [[EnhancedInterrogationTechniques tortures]] his own brother Graeme after discovering he was involved in the terrorist events of the day. His brother admits to being behind the assassination of ex-President David Palmer and to several attempts on Jacks' own life, and admits that the "terrorists of the day" more or less stole from and double-crossed his company to carry out their campaign. After Jack leaves, though, their father- revealed to be the BigBad of the season- talks to Graeme and asks why he gave up that much, and Graeme admits that he had to tell Jack ''something'' to get him to stop the torture- no matter how bad the stuff he told Jack was, it was really just the tip of the iceberg as both of them are involved in serious, far-reaching criminal conspiracies [[spoiler: and thus his dad [[OffingTheOffspring murders him]] before he can tell Jack anything else]].
6th Sep '15 3:27:41 AM SSJMagus
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* In ''{{Series/24}}'', Jack Bauer [[EnhancedInterrogationTechniques tortures]] his own brother Graeme after discovering he was involved in the terrorist events of the day. His brother admits to being behind the assassination of ex-President David Palmer and to several attempts on Jacks' own life, and admits that the "terrorists of the day" more or less stole from and double-crossed his company to carry out their campaign. After Jack leaves, though, their father- revealed to be the BigBad of the season- talks to Graeme and asks why he gave up that much, and Graeme admits that he had to tell Jack ''something'' to get him to stop the torture- no matter how bad the stuff he told Jack was, it was really just the tip of the iceberg as both of them are involved in serious, far-reaching criminal conspiracies [[spoiler: and thus his dad [[OffingTheOffspring murders him]] before he can tell Jack anything else]].

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* In ''{{Series/24}}'', ''Series/{{24}}'', Jack Bauer [[EnhancedInterrogationTechniques tortures]] his own brother Graeme after discovering he was involved in the terrorist events of the day. His brother admits to being behind the assassination of ex-President David Palmer and to several attempts on Jacks' own life, and admits that the "terrorists of the day" more or less stole from and double-crossed his company to carry out their campaign. After Jack leaves, though, their father- revealed to be the BigBad of the season- talks to Graeme and asks why he gave up that much, and Graeme admits that he had to tell Jack ''something'' to get him to stop the torture- no matter how bad the stuff he told Jack was, it was really just the tip of the iceberg as both of them are involved in serious, far-reaching criminal conspiracies [[spoiler: and thus his dad [[OffingTheOffspring murders him]] before he can tell Jack anything else]].
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