Ignorance of the law is nine-tenths of the law

Many lawyers would agree with this malaphor.  It is a mashup of the following two sayings: “ignorance of the law is no excuse” (even if you don’t know that something is illegal, you can still be punished for doing it) and “possession is nine-tenths of the law” (if you actually possess something, you have a stronger legal claim to owning it than someone who merely says it belongs to him or her).   A big thanks to Desiree Lees for hearing this one and sending it here!


2 Comments on “Ignorance of the law is nine-tenths of the law”

  1. Barry Eigen says:

    “It’s finally sinking through”–a mashup of “sinking in” and “getting through.” Guess who it’s from.
    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/922072236592435200?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_daily202 “It is finally sinking through. 46% OF PEOPLE BELIEVE MAJOR NATIONAL NEWS ORGS FABRICATE STORIES ABOUT ME. FAKE NEWS, even worse! Lost cred.”

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