Special pleader

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(Law) originally, a counsel who devoted himself to drawing special counts and pleas; in a wider sense, a lawyer who draws pleadings.
- Bouvier.

See also: Special

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Mr Ralph Nickleby was not, strictly speaking, what you would call a merchant, neither was he a banker, nor an attorney, nor a special pleader, nor a notary.
Everybody is a special pleader, trying-often in perfectly good faith-to obtain the decision he favors.
Sableman recalls that the conventional wisdom among media lawyers once was that it was a dangerous mistake for the press to become a special pleader before legislative bodies.
Abraham Tucker relates of a friend of his, an old special pleader, that once coming out of his chambers in the Temple with him to take a walk, he hesitated at the bottom of the stairs which way to go--proposed different directions, to Charing-Cross, to St.
Now here is an example of a special pleader's method: selective quotation.
Jonathan Rauch, author of Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought, adds, "What the right has figured out is that if you can frame someone as a special pleader, a special interest in America, that person is rightly in trouble." It is the very potency of the "special rights" charge that has forced a subtle shift in political strategy--at least at the rhetorical level--away from the victim model that other groups have embraced.
Everybody is a special pleader, trying"often in perfectly good faith"to obtain the decision he favors.
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