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neurolaw

neurolaw  n.— «The defense has conceded that he committed the crime, and is working on a risky defense that will combine traditional psychiatric testimony with the burgeoning field of “neurolaw,” which holds that there is a biological...

ladybug taint

ladybug taint  n.— «There’s even a name for it—“ladybug taint.” The smell, which connotes green bell peppers or roasted peanuts, is produced by ladybugs as a defense mechanism. The chemicals they release, in a class of compounds called...

false flag

false flag  n.— «The betting among spy buffs is that Asgari was recruited in what’s known as a “false flag” operation. His handlers may be Israelis posing as officers of another intelligence service, perhaps even during the...

unicorn defense

unicorn defense  n.— «The mixup occurred when a deputy prosecutor misunderstood an e-mail from a colleague who used the phrase “unicorn defense,” thinking it was an actual statement from Holliday, Paxinos said. “Unicorn...

attorney capping

attorney capping  n.— «Two Santa Ana bail bondsmen pleaded guilty Friday to steering jail inmates to a prominent and well-connected criminal defense lawyer—a practice known as attorney capping.» —“O.C. bail bondsmen plead guilty to...

overcat

overcat  n.— «Drew Brees is a dandy, and the Patriots’ defense is as solid as rock candy. Yes, the Bears and Colts are favored (the term for that is “Overcat”)…but both games should be something to be savored...

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