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A popular term for a physician, lawyer or other highly paid expert who is not a regular employee of a particular enterprise, whose services are paid only as long as necessary; the term is an analogy from the use of mercenaries to fight in a conflict

hired gun

Forensic medicine A popular term for a physician, lawyer or other highly paid expert who is not a regular employee of a particular enterprise, whose services are paid only as long as necessary; the term is an analogy from the use of mercenaries to fight in a conflict. Cf Physician expert witness, Prostitute.
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Some scholars and legal ethicists most committed to the notion that criminal defence lawyers must serve as truly zealous advocates, the hired guns, or amoral agents of their clients, either (1) make an exception with respect to sexual assault cases; (111) or (2) acknowledge an inability to reconcile their hired gun ethic implicitly, with their perspective on the ethical treatment by defence lawyers of women who have been sexually violated.
Three quarters of editors said hired guns produce some or most of their content, while only 14 percent use no freelancers at all.
Licensed to Kill is a cold look at some of the hotspots where these hired guns are making a difference.
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The brothers head for Melbourne, where the lawyer has arranged for two hired guns to lend muscle to the operation.
Nowadays, it seems, nary an important criminal or civil proceeding is litigated in this country without one or both sides relying on expensive hired guns, typically with a background in psychology or the social sciences to assist the legal team in shaping trial strategy.
We had no idea when we hired Guns 'n' Squeeze Boxes that they were a hard-core, inner city, hip-hop polka band," fumes Jimmy Curtis, founder of the popular brewery.
Many companies today are using such hired guns to help guide the organization through volatile times to brighter days ahead, says Paul Dinte, president of Dinte Resources Inc.
In the absence of locally educated scientists, museums and scientific journals depended heavily on hired guns brought in from Europe: Herman von Ihering at the Sao Paulo Museum; Emilio Goeldi at the museum in Para, later renamed in his honor; and other sojourners from Europe.
on piano, Michito Sanchez on congas, Harry Kim on trumpet, Justo Almario on saxes, Arturo Velasco on trombone, Otmaro Ruiz on keyboards, Francisco Aguabella and Nenge Hernandez on percussion and international hired guns Oskar Cartaya on bass, Humberto Ramirez on trumpet, Marc Quinones on timbales, and the vocals of Jerry Medina, Domingo Quinones, Johnny Rivera and Lani Hall, among others.