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jailhouse lawyer


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A prison inmate who is usually self-taught in the law and offers legal consultation within a prison or corrections system.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person incarcerated in a prison, jail, etc who has acquired significant knowledge of the justice system and who is able to represent himself in some legal proceedings and to provide legal advice to other prisoners.


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