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Philadelphia lawyer

A shrewd attorney, adept at dealing with legal technicalities, as in It would take a Philadelphia lawyer to get him off. This expression dates from the late 1700s and, as lexicographer Richard H. Thornton observed: "Why members of the Philadelphia bar should be credited with superhuman sagacity has never been satisfactorily explained."
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Philadelphia lawyer

An adept attorney. The most probable reason why the City of Brotherly Love became an adjective for astute and skillful lawyers was Andrew Hamilton, whose 1735 defense of printer John Peter Zenger was a milestone of freedom of the press in America. (Lawyer Andrew should not be confused with Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton.) Although the Zenger trial was held in New York City, Hamilton was from Philadelphia. Curiously, it took some fifty years for the phrase to appear in print.
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Snyder and Caplan, in the Philadelphia Lawyer essay, cited a report from the Netherlands, where euthanasia is illegal but the law is not strictly enforced.
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All the big bookies invoke this ruling, (you would need to be a Philadelphia lawyer to beat them), although I know some independents paid out to regulars.
Inspired by the real-life Innocence Project (which works to exonerate wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing), "The Divide'' focuses on a young Philadelphia lawyer named Christina Rosa, who has joined the Innocence Initiative and become obsessed with winning a last-ditch appeal for a white inmate soon facing execution for the murder of a black family.
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Michael Donovan, a Philadelphia lawyer who served as local counsel for the plaintiffs in the class action, said Wal-Mart's own pay records provided evidence that the employees were not compensated for breaks.
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To some people it's so annoying that they won't come and participate,'' said Len Barrack, a Philadelphia lawyer.
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I know it's on the website and in the small print but I didn't see it and the Philadelphia lawyer I use missed it too.
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