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Nonprofessional, such as a lay witness who is not a recognized expert in the area that is the subject of the person's testimony. That which relates to persons or entities not clerical or ecclesiastical; a person not in ecclesiastical orders. To present the formal declarations by the parties of their respective claims and defenses in pleadings. A share of the profits of a fishing or Whaling voyage, allotted to the officers and seamen, in the nature of wages.

See: deposit, place, profane, rest

LAY, English law. That which relates to persons or things not ecclesiastical. In the United States the people are not, by law, divided, as in England, into ecclesiastical and lay. The law makes no distinction between them.

TO LAY, pleading. To state or to allege. The place from whence a jury are to be summoned, is called the venue, and the allegation in the declaration, of the place where the jury is to be summoned, is in technical language, said to lay the venue. 3 Steph. Com. 574; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2826.

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From "Where the Camera Cannot Go" to "A Threnody for Street Kids", "Photography and Propaganda" and much more, each writing lays bare the core of photography and politics--or sometimes, the core of the author.
lays bare the "foul means" by which "a small emerging class of great planters with large landholdings and political connections brought racial slavery to Virginia" and "gave America its racial dilemma" (p.
A dark posthumous work about sexual exploitation and self-destruction that lays bare its lesbian author's dark genius.
Unfortunately, this also lays bare the glaring inadequacies of the show, including its paper-thin plot and its less-than-engrossing musical score.
This book lays bare, often very painfully, the personal costs that a Masterwork can sometimes demand as tribute from its creators.