But the House General Investigating Committee isn't through with this case, and it's clear that, at the very least, this stretched the rules
in a way that has never been allowed.
Others appear to have stretched the rules
determining the designation of their second home to the limits of credulity.
And even if there is no hard evidence to suggest that Ferguson stretched the rules
in his lengthy courtship of such targets, we have Jaap Stam's written testimony that he was tapped up while he was still a contracted employee of PSV Eindhoven - an autobiography indiscretion that signalled the Dutch defender's premature departure to pastures new.
But SNP chief executive Mike Russell said: "Donald Dewar has already stretched the rules
beyond breaking point by making inward investment announcements after the election campaign had begun.
But a federal appellate court reversed the conviction in 1996, deciding that the SEC overreached its statutory authority when drafting insider trading rules, and that federal prosecutors stretched the rules
when prosecuting O'Hagan.
You'd think they could have stretched the rules
and fed us as well.
Asked about allegations that the Newcastle hitman sometimes stretched the rules
, he grinned: "What rules?