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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The special pleading on behalf of this ultra-rich tycoon did not end there.
This, in passing, is a factor that could have been further explored, for it may be felt that Forestier has not taken sufficiently into account the degree in which special pleading relating to personal and theoretical and antagonisms in the 1660s complicates Corneille's presentation of his practice in the Discours.
Multimillion-dollar bailouts had become routine, as had congressional special pleading on behalf of well-connected S&L owners.
But special pleading is a minor blemish in a comprehensive and thought-provoking survey which can be safely recommended to novice and specialist alike.
Special pleading spoils the observation on the ambiguity of Pyrocles' gender (pp.
Tomos Livingstone realpolitik Other parties have faced this ferocity of scrutiny of years, and there's little to be gained by the Liberal Democrats from any special pleading. It will surely have come as a surprise to some of the party's new fans that they were backing a pro-euro, anti-Trident political movement.
None of these wines needs special pleading ( they taste great and are outstandingly good value.
It will not be long before the special pleading starts for Mrs West and the families of the victims will be forced, once again, to relive their torment.
They have made special pleading to the National Assembly to bale them out, because the council is penniless.
Yet, as in some other collections of this kind, the disparities of tone and emphasis from chapter to chapter can prove disconcerting, especially when it becomes evident that a fair amount of special pleading has been resorted to.
Some will dismiss their objections as special pleading - after all, every organisation will think its cause more deserving than the next.
They've been hampered by injuries but are not doing any special pleading on that score.

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