jailhouse lawyer


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jailhouse lawyer

A non-attorney who dispenses legal advice. Properly speaking, a jailhouse lawyer is a prison inmate who, although not a law school graduate (much less a member of the bar), has the requisite skill to assist other prisoners with such legal matters as preparing and filing appeals, writs, and pardon requests. Much of such knowledge came from personal experience. The phrase also applies to any layman, behind bars or not, who offers legal advice, solicited or not.
See also: lawyer
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Beggs has now gained a reputation of being a jailhouse lawyer by advising murderers, rapists and paedophiles at Peterhead prison.
Then he became a jailhouse lawyer dishing out advice to fellow cons on their appeals.
Beggs, 45, who fancies himself as a jailhouse lawyer, has advised numerous prisoners since being sentenced to life in 2001.
The Record revealed in September that the murdering pervert, who fancies himself as a jailhouse lawyer, was helping his fellow cons make their claims and charging them pounds 300 a time "commission".
Jailhouse lawyers with enough self-taught legal "know-how" write the proper forms, file them correctly and often have their days in court.
The National Lawyers Guild seeks to unite lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers in an effort to preserve human rights.
Wegman, a lawyer and journalist, will write a book and a series of articles about jailhouse lawyers.
Although it has been barely three months since the President signed the new act, jailhouse lawyers have already discovered this new affirmative-action plan for prison litigation.
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