Special pleading

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SPECIAL PLEADING. The allegation of special or new matter, as distinguished from a direct denial of matter previously alleged on the opposite side. Gould on Pl. c. 1, s. 18; Co. Litt. 282; 3 Wheat. R. 246 Com. Dig. Pleader, E 15.

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This argument goes substantially beyond special pleading for tapestries to be taken seriously in the list of types of visual productions Henry VIII had at his disposal: for Campbell argues, contentiously, that the figurative media of painting and print were always secondary to tapestry in the king's order of priorities, as measured by cost, numbers, and size.
Smith maintains that no such special pleading is needed: a closer, firm-by-firm examination of French industry provides the evidence for a third way, one where French industry showed significant achievement by any standard.
Now what is needed is a little attention to the law-and-politics side of things--if you will excuse the special pleading.
On the rare occasion that they need some extra help, it should be there for them - without special pleading, and without intervention from the Telegraph.
And as the low deductibles and unlimited liability in the Medicare program show, the health insurance created by political commissions subject to special pleading seldom looks like the health insurance that real people want to buy.
It is this awareness that safeguards all talk of healing ministry against its perversion into special pleading for vitality or for any kind of health-and-wellness ideology.
This is not about special pleading but pilots are already responsible for the lives of hundreds of passengers.
This sounds suspiciously like special pleading by a Government that has come unstuck with an invasion that was probably illegal and also carried out for dubious reasons unconnected with self-defence.
Of course, those agencies seem to have no problem finding workers, and few employees quit, a refute to that claim as nothing but special pleading.
When state legislatures attempt to supersede existing rules of civil procedure by imposing special pleading requirements--such as certificates of merit--serious issues may arise regarding the separation of powers.
There was the thought, advanced by Thomas Lawson, that one could paint one's way outre tombe--but this must have sounded like special pleading.

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