pettifogger


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pettifogger

a lawyer of little importance and now, impliedly, one who is perhaps dubious and who will make small points more for his own gain or pleasure than that of the client.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

PETTIFOGGER. One who pretends to be a lawyer, but possessing neither knowledge, law, nor conscience.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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A recurring image that speaks to Klahr's endlessly inventive suite of culturally loaded tableaux is that of the playing card, which figures prominently in the phantasmagoric Pettifogger (as well as in numerous earlier films, such as Altair [1994]).
Fifth, McClellan sought to inform the public of the dangers of judicial activism by employing the powerful weapon of ridicule and awarding its most prominent practitioners the "Pettifogger of the Month" award.
In short, there is no distinction or subordination left The different departments of life are jumbled together--the hod-carrier, the low mechanic, the tapster, the publican, the shop-keeper, the pettifogger, the citizen, and courtier, all tread upon the kibes of one another: actuated by the demons of profligacy and licentiousness, they are seen every where, rambling, riding, rolling, rushing, justling, mixing, bouncing, cracking, and crashing in one vile ferment of stupidity and corruption--All is tumult and hurry....
For instance, we have Jared Bunce, a crafty, swindling pedlar, "quite Yankee like, and would skin his shadow for a saddle-bag, if he could catch it." We have also lawyer Pippin, no bad type of a village pettifogger in any land, while in the characters of Colonel Colleton, his daughter, and nephew, are exhibited fine specimens of the dignified aristocracy of the south.
5 THE PETTIFOGGER (Lewis Klahr) Using his well-honed skills as a collage artist, Klahr delves into Americana circa 1963 in a bold experiment with open-ended narrative structure, utilizing composite image constructions and an evocative sound track.
Congress might be full of dolts and pettifoggers (sound familiar?).
They say that the Japanese brought MSG to America to be sold as a flavour enhancer, but the MSG pettifoggers accuse them of causing the excitotoxicity problem.
the assembly of pettifoggers run mad in Paris"--then it's easy to surmise that he would have been fearful of all of Europe in the grip of the EU bureaucracy.
After lambasting them as pettifoggers, Walsh was approached by one of them--a Cornelius Terhune--who asked that the masters of pettifoggery not be lumped together with the amateurs.
"Petals blow off in the autumn wind,'' sings Keyes, "Seek truth, the light of day/While prima donna pettifoggers take it away/Clear the path, lose the trail/Never gonna learn if you're never gonna fail.''
With equal logic and insight he made it clear that the language of the Constitution conferring powers on the Government of the United States was the language of everyday realism and common sense--the language of good conscience and grand policy--utterly beyond the tight-fisted tests of pettifoggers at law.