Last month, I posted on attorneys who create accidents with contextomy. Sounds weird, I know, without defining the terms.
“Accident,” in this sense, is a logical fallacy in which one advocates a general rule without acknowledging any exceptions. Contextomy means taking something out of context. The
post noted that the two often go together. Continue reading “SC Supremes: Cite the Entire Ruling” (Sony Pictures 1989)
This post continues the series on fallacies that I have faced while handling South Carolina appeals. The last one discussed
ad hominem or personal attacks and suggested how to deflate them. This one covers a particular type of personal attack and when it may properly work.
In the “tu quoque” attack, one charges the opposing party with hypocrisy. The argument is “Yeah, you’re another” or “you’re one to talk.” It is fallacious because two wrongs do not make a right.
Continue reading “Facing the “You Too” Fallacy on Appeal” This post is one of a series on logical fallacies that I have faced in South Carolina appeals. This one covers the ad hominem fallacy in which one attacks the message by personally attacking the messenger. Continue reading “Answering Personal Attacks in an Appeal”