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    #1

    Post Untidy case

    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions and was not sure whether I should open two topics or not. I'm happy with an answer to any of those questions =)

    - What does the term "untidy case" mean?
    - Could you explain the imagery behind "circular logic"?

    Thank you in advance,

    startrip =)


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    Re: Untidy case

    Quote Originally Posted by startrip View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions and was not sure whether I should open two topics or not. I'm happy with an answer to any of those questions =)

    - What does the term "untidy case" mean?
    - Could you explain the imagery behind "circular logic"?

    Thank you in advance,

    startrip =)

    Please give your source sentences.


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    Re: Untidy case

    Thank you; here you go =)

    A judge is considering whether to open sealed documents from the FBI's untidy case against Wen Ho Lee.

    They are using circular logoc that just because someone makes an allegation, then the officer has to be found guilty.


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    Re: Untidy case

    Quote Originally Posted by startrip View Post
    Thank you; here you go =)

    A judge is considering whether to open sealed documents from the FBI's untidy case against Wen Ho Lee. The legal case is not well founded or constructed - it has lots of loose ends in the arguments. The FBI has not done its work properly.

    They are using circular logic that just because someone makes an allegation, then the officer has to be found guilty.

    Circular logic is also called "begging the question" and indicates a false logic:

    Premise: A makes an allegation
    Premise: B is the subject of the allegation
    Conclusion: B is therefore guilty of the alleged offence.

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    Re: Untidy case

    Thank you so much!

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