Legal Word of the Day: “Sophistry”

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“Sophistry” – A specious, hair-splitting argument, short on logic, which fails for lack of legal foundation.

Cases that describe or illustrate sophistry include:
    R. v. Wood, 1995 CanLII 7424 (ON SC) — 1995-04-25

    In Wood, a professional engineer had argued his Charter rights were impugned by a provision in the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

    AXA Insurance v. Dominion of Canada Insurance Co., 2004 CanLII 34995 (ON CA) — 2004-11-04
    This case involves a boat, a bungee cord and three insurance companies.

    R. v. Baldree, 2012 ONCA 138 (CanLII) — 2012-03-02
    Are implied assertions hearsay exceptions or legal backwaters?

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