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Negative Commandment 286

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Negative Commandment 286 (Digest)
Accepting Testimony from a Wicked Person

"Do not put your hand together with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness"Exodus 23:1.

It is forbidden for a judge to accept testimony from an evil person – e.g., a robber or a desperado – and to issue a verdict based on that testimony.

Translation of (the unabridged text of) Sefer Hamitzvot by Rabbi Berel Bell, member of the Rabbinical Court of Montreal and director of Teacher Training for the Jewish Learning Institute.

From "Sefer Hamitzvot in English," published by Sichos in English.
Daily Quote
The tunic [worn by the High Priest] atoned for bloodshed, the breeches atoned for lewdness, the turban made atonement for arrogance, the belt atoned for [impure] meditations of the heart, the breastplate atoned for neglect of civil laws, the apron atoned for idolatry, the cloak atoned for slander, and the crown, worn on the forehead, atoned for brazenness
  –Talmud, Zevachim 88b
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