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Nuremberg defense

A plea or legal defense strategy in which the defendant claims that their actions were solely the result of carrying out the orders of superiors and that, as such, they should not be found guilty of such actions. Refers to the use of such a defense by political and military leaders of defeated Nazi Germany in the Nuremberg Trials of 1945–46. Against the charge of unlawful murder during wartime, the staff sergeant's defense attorney put forward a Nuremberg defense, claiming that the killings were carried out under direct orders by superior officers.
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attack is the best form of defense

Launching an offensive is the best way to protect oneself. I need to start some rumors about Dean, before he comes after me. I know it sounds harsh, but attack is the best form of defense!
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the best defense is a good offense

Proactively attacking one's opponents or enemies is the best way to protect oneself, since they will be occupied with defending themselves, rather than attacking. They have a lot of scoring power, so we need to attack the goal early and wear them out. The best defense is a good offense, girls.
See also: defense, good, offense

best defense is a good offense

Prov. If you attack your opponents, they will be so busy fighting off your attack that they will not be able to attack you. (Often associated with sports. Often pronounced with the accent on the first syllable, similar to offense.) The team mostly practiced offensive moves because the coach believed that the best defense is a good offense. Jim thought that the best defense is a good offense, so he always tried to pass other drivers before they could pass him.
See also: defense, good, offense

spring to someone's defense

Fig. to go quickly to defend someone. (Can be against physical or verbal attack.) Fred was attacked and Ralph sprang to his defense. We sprang to Mary's defense when she was accused of doing wrong.
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Under the assumption that the "1 Press" or the "2 Press" is also used by the defense, the individual players in the "3 Press" are located in defensive "spots" similar to the "1 Press," the "2 Press" or locations with the same kind of defensive.
That being said, a better understanding of the common interest doctrine will inevitably serve to facilitate the flow of communication among policyholders, assigned defense counsel and insurers and lead to better outcomes for all concerned.
In those, the team with the great defense won three times - Pittsburgh beating Dallas in 1979 even though the game was a 35-31 slugfest, San Francisco beating Miami in 1985 and the New York Giants beating Buffalo in 1991 - and the one with the great offense won once, San Francisco beating Denver in 1990 by the record margin of 55-10.
The ARC operates in a Distributed Interactive Simulation environment and hosts the modeling and simulation war games that provide analysis, integration, demonstration and performance verification of missile defense systems.
The most common argument for continuing to neglect missile defense is that September 11th has shown us that, in the words of the New York Times, "the most immediate threat to the nation comes from terrorists, not nations with intercontinental ballistic missiles.
When Bill Clinton became president, he quickly shelved a failing missile defense program in favor of theatre missile defense, a portable system that can pick off short-range missiles in flight.
A fantasy of Republicans since Ronald Reagan first proposed it, a national missile defense system may sound good at first--who could be against protecting the United States from nuclear attack?
She singlehandedly coordinated all of the requirements needed for this training opportunity to take place; working as liaison between RO MoND, DISAM, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), Air Force Security Assistance Training Squadron (AFSAT) and other government organizations, overseeing the creation and signing of the Letter of Agreement (LOA), obtaining FMF funding, scheduling classrooms and equipment, handling shipment of course materials, hotel reservations and travel arrangements for team members plus many other essential tasks.
But even with prosecutors' opposition and judges' increasing reluctance to allow it, the gay panic defense is still being introduced in cases throughout the country, says Georgia prosecutor Howard.
Peck and Scherer (1962) cautioned against applying traditional assumptions of a competitive price-driven market to the defense industry as their applicability is tenuous, at best.
During its recent quadrennial defense review, the U.
Everything else being equal, if A acts in good faith and deducts the payments based on B's recommendations, A has an RCGE defense if the deduction is later determined to be erroneous.
A focus on new litigation management tools, as well as on their benefits and constraints, also requires scrutiny (these new tools involve understanding how the elements of a case defense interact and how they relate to legal fees).
In an apparently coordinated move, McCloskey served as the administration's point man in putting national missile defense on indefinite hold.
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