Special-pleading meaning

Responsive pleading from a defendant that does not deny the factual allegations of the other party but argues that the defense is entitled to prevail, as in the justification of a killing being prosecuted as murder.
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The presentation of an argument that mentions or emphasizes only favorable aspects of the question at issue.
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A pleading which is more than a mere denial of the charges or allegations, as one introducing new matter justifying an otherwise culpable act.
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An argument or presentation that leaves out what is unfavorable and develops only what is favorable to the case.
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