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One of the joys of being a lawyer comes from finding a glistering line of prose:

“Even if the remark of Cozens-Hardy, Master of the Rolls, in similar case, that ‘if you find a defendant who is a knave, you may presume he is not a fool’ (Claudius Ash Sons & Co., Ltd., v. Invicta Manufacturing Company, Ltd., 28 Reports of Patent Cases at page 603) may not completely stand the test of strict legal analysis, it sufficiently states a working rule which may well be applied in proper circumstances.”

Eastern Construction Co. v. Eastern Engineering Co. (246 N. Y. 459)