spirit of the law

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See: equity, justice
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Not an emigrant, he hoped, within the sense and spirit of the law.
I stood for the spirit of the law and not the letter; but by the letter Charley made his stand.
In a letter sent Monday, Birdwell argues that banning guns in classrooms would violate the spirit of the law.
Others of interest at Newmarket today are the Richard Fahey-trained Spirit Of The Law and Mutassayid - both ridden by Warrington jockey Paul Hanagan in Makfi Suffolk Stakes (2pm) and the QIPCO supports Racing Welfare Handicap (5.
As a company, we must be committed to complying with both the letter and the spirit of the law and PG&E's own Code of Conduct at all times.
Sometimes, we have to observe the rules with the spirit of the law.
Near death, he thought he saw An angel, not a good Samaritan lifting him gently onto his own beast, Attentive to the spirit of the law.
40 York Sporting (50:30:20:10) 15-18 Flow, Fury, 11-14 Tarikhi, 8-11 Boots And Spurs, 7-9 Spa's Dancer, Roserrow, 6-8 Sweet Lightning, Spirit Of The Law, 5-7 Maven, 4-6 Whispering Warrior, Busatto, Shahdaroba, 3-5 Mabait.
Cuvillier said he would summon airlines to secure assurances that they will respect the spirit of the law on strike notice and not use it to undermine the right to strike.
Furthermore, the code should define the importance of not only adhering to the letter of the law, but also to the spirit of the law, guided by the stated ideals of the investment advisor.
Upon this, Justice said that the petitioner needed not to wander here and there: rather he should express his stance while keeping in view the very spirit of the law and the constitution which gives immunity to the prime minister under article 248.
Richard Fahey also enjoyed a double with Flighty Clarets and Spirit Of The Law, both owned by the Matthewman One Partnership.