Phrasewatch: “Justified Reliance”.

At about 3000 google results right now, the phrase “justified reliance” isn’t totally obscure (it’s no “presidential preference event”, to be sure).  It’s new to me, but I’m very much not a law nerd — it’s apparently a term of art, with legal references being easy to find in the search results.  

But I’m wondering if it’s going to spike in the near future, what with US Attorney General Mukasey dropping the phrase, in congressional hearings today, as an explanation for why breaking the law is okay if the Department of Justice tells you to do it.  Is it, as one of the commenters on TPM suggested, the new “plausible deniability”?

Author: Josh Millard

I manage and help moderate the community website MetaFilter, where I go by "cortex"; in my spare time I get up to all sorts of creative nerdery on the internet and in Portland, Oregon.

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