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self-serving

adj. referring to a question asked of a party to a lawsuit or a statement by that person that serves no purpose and provides no evidence, but only argues or reinforces the legal position of that party. Example: Question asked by a lawyer of his own client: "Are you the sort of person who would never do anything dishonest?" Such a question may be objected to as "self-serving" by the opposing lawyer, and then will be disallowed by the judge, unless there is some evidentiary value. Some people add self-serving comments to their testimony, such as "I never tell lies," which can be stricken from the record as a self-serving declaration. (See: objection)

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These include excessive competitiveness, a tendency to want to dominate and control others regardless of the situation, and a self-serving attitude towards power.
Since it hasn't been able to push its self-serving agenda through administratively, it has turned to more devious methods such as trumped-up criminal charges, like those brought against two border agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean ("Border Patrol Agents Sentenced to Prison," November 13 issue).
Rather than criticizing their efforts, the Alliance should recognize the efforts of the task force as more conducive to achieving an appropriate level of safety in high-rise buildings than by its own self-serving misinformation.
Yet without self-serving reasons, there is little logical sense in intervening.
Let me turn now to my second criticism--that financial statement preparers have been ineffective in providing substantive input because many of their comments have been self-serving and shrill.