jailhouse lawyer(redirected from Jailhouse attorney)
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A prison or jail inmate who is self-taught about the law and offers information to other inmates, especially to assist them in cases in which they are defending themselves.
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a prisoner who has become knowledgeable about legal matters and gives legal advice to fellow inmates.
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