Murphy’s Laws on Legal Examination

Hiram’s law.

If you consult a sufficient number of experts, you can confirm any point of view and get support for any position.

Weinberg’s corollary.

An expert is a person who avoids minor mistakes, all the while rolling down to the biggest misconception.

Mars rule.

An expert is anyone who came from another city.

Reynolds Law.

The more the expert has traveled to give testimony in court, the more he will be trusted.

Act of Ekers.

An expert invited by you as a witness will demonstrate his comprehensive competence and objectivity by wagging and answering evasively during the trial. Law of Nielson Bohr.

An expert is a person who has committed all possible errors in a very narrow field of research.

Joyoy’s Theory.

Who has the least concept, the one who has the most opinions.

Rule Rudnicki.

Only those who understand a problem thoroughly can explain it in such a way that no one but him can understand this explanation.

Weber’s definition.

An expert is a person who knows more and more about less and less, and so on until he begins to know absolutely everything about anything.

Ryan’s Law.

Correctly guess something three times in a row – and you will gain the reputation of an expert.

The Law of Griffin.

Statistics – this is a logically and mathematically grounded method, which allows you to say half-truths and, moreover, inaccurately.

Law of Atvich.

One accurate measurement is worth the opinions of thousands of experts.

First law of Van Roy.

Anyone who is able to distinguish good advice from the bad, advice at all to nothing.

Law de Nevers.

Never make conjectures about what you can learn for sure.

The Law of La Guardia.

Statistical data are similar to experts who appear in court – they will testify in favor of any party.

Henderson’s Law.

The less you said, the less you have to take back.

The Law of Billing.

Silence is one of those arguments that is most difficult to refute.

Fenstock’s law on the debate.

Any question worthy of debate is worthy of not discussing it at all.

Хар Hartz’s law on rhetoric.

Any dispute that has gone far enough will rest against semantics.

The Munro Doctrine.

A small inaccuracy sometimes allows you to save tons of explanations.

The Hutchins Act.

It’s impossible to talk a person who knows what he is talking about.

Law of the Tatman.

Always assume that your assumption is wrong.

Observation of Mullins.

Indecision is the key to flexibility.

The Whitehead Rule.

Seek simplicity – and do not trust it.

Law of the Quier.

There is nothing more terrifying than ignorance in action.

Ulman’s sharp thought.

If anything can be explained by stupidity, there is no need to resort to a different explanation.

Miller’s Law.

It’s impossible to say how deep the puddle is until you step into it.

The Law of Claucas.

Reaction to every revolutionary idea – in science, politics, art or elsewhere – goes through three stages. They can be summarized by the following three phrases:

1. This is impossible. And do not take my time!

2. You can do it, but just do not.

3. I always said that it was a beautiful thought.

Clark’s first law (adapted).

If an outstanding elderly lawyer claims that any thing is possible, he is almost certainly right. If this person is confident of the impossibility of something, it is very likely that he is mistaken.

Jones Law.

Anyone who has made a significant contribution to any field of activity and continues to work long enough in it becomes an obstacle to progress – and to an extent directly proportional to the significance of his initial contribution.

Axiom von Neumann.

There is no point in achieving accuracy if you do not understand what you are talking about.

The rule of Lansfor.

A simple explanation is always possible only after a difficult decision.

Tucker note.

The meaning appears when people do not think about it.

Phillips rule.

The best defense against logic is ignorance.

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