This continues the important series: what is fraud? The following sentences continue the Black’s Law Dictionary (Sixth Ed., West Publishing Company 1990) definition from the previous 2 posts in the series:
Anything calculated to deceive, whether by a single act or combination or by suppression of truth, or suggestion of what is false, whether it be by direct falsehood or innuendo, by speech or silence, word of mouth or look or gesture. A generic term, embracing all multifarious means which human ingenuity can devise, and which are resorted to by one individual to get advantage over another by false suggestion, trick, cunning, dissembling, and any unfair way by which another is cheated.
To my studied understanding, the term “silence” in the above defintion is sometimes referred to as fraud by omission.
Of course, all lawyers and judges know the above due to their training (see my other series, What is an Attorney?). Non-lawyers may also be interested in the above. Some people might want to consult their attorney for more information.
Speaking of looks and gestures – why does the ‘video’ of MN Supreme Court sessions not show the faces of the judges? Doesn’t the public have a right to see their looks and gestures?
I see no rule requiring lawyers and parties who appear in the Supreme Court to fill out a form. If someone can point me to the rule, I will be happy to review it.