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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What results is a mix of great biography and 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.
Some cynics may suggest there could be an element of special pleading here as 'The Mad Genius' has himself developed Tapeta, reportedly the best, if not exactly the cheapest, artificial surface available.
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.
There is (unnecessary) special pleading when he speculates on Verne's Scottish inspiration, or when he seeks to articulate common strands with other texts by Verne himself or with writers such as Poe.
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.
No amount of special pleading for the Bible will change this reality.
This sometimes leads to two things: a prolix explanation of actions which may now seem odd (for instance his early positive reports on Vietnam) that sounds like special pleading.

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