jailhouse lawyer

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jailhouse lawyer

Someone who has not formally studied law but knows enough about it to be able to help others with legal issues (as a prison inmate experienced in dealing with the law might). Despite the name, this phrase can be used in settings other than jail or prison. Talk to Sal before your court appearance—he's a real jailhouse lawyer.
See also: lawyer

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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Like so many First Amendment pioneers and jailhouse lawyers, Mark Burns carved out new protections for future inmates.
In addition to loss of life, the strikers, led by a network of incarcerated activists who call themselves Jailhouse Lawyers Speak , have put out a set of 10 demands to overhaul America's creaking penal system.
The event was initiated by Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, which is "a national collective of incarcerated people providing legal assistance and support to other prisoners," a resource file published by Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, a prisoner-led trade group that is supporting the event, stated.
The 2016 prison strike, also organized by Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, chose September 9 as its starting date.
(69) In Johnson, the Court struck down a state regulation preventing inmates from relying on jailhouse lawyers. (70) In its decision, the Court said " because the basic purpose of the writ is to enable those unlawfully incarcerated to obtain their freedom it is fundamental that access of prisoners to the courts for the purpose of presenting their complaints may not be denied or obstructed."
He slowly joined an unofficial fraternity of "jailhouse lawyers," inmates with the legal knowledge to help other inmates file eases.
Jailhouse lawyers; prisoners defending prisoners v.
se estrena la produccion 'Writ Writer', basada en la historia real de los prisioneros llamados 'jailhouse lawyers' (abogados de la prision), la cual alude a los convictos que estudian leyes y pelean sus propios casos mientras pagan su condena en la carcel.
Suit-happy inmates and jailhouse lawyers file suits almost daily for inattention to detail by officers.
While some jailhouse lawyers, with restricted access to law libraries, depend on P.L.N.'s legal reporting, most prisoners and other readers find such articles hopelessly technical.
The Lawyers Guild is an organization of attorneys, legal workers, law students and "jailhouse lawyers," it says on its website.
se estrena la produccion 'Writ Writer', basada en la historia real de los prisioneros llamados "jailhouse lawyers' (abogados de la prision), la cual alude a los convictos que estudian leyes y pelean sus propios casos mientras pagan su condena en la carcel.
at 488 (holding that because "Tennessee does not provide an available alternative to the assistance provided by other inmates" the state's prisons cannot forbid jailhouse lawyers from helping their fellow inmates).
JAILHOUSE LAWYERS against prison officials, challenging a prison