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brief

(bref) [Fr. bref fr L. brevis, short, brief, a catalogue]
1. A condensed legal argument in legal format and style.
2. A written or spoken summary of an important or complex topic; an abstract.
3. To make a written or spoken summary of.
4. To conduct a short session of instruction or preparation for a person, crew, or staff on how to accomplish an upcoming operation.
See: debrief
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According to the Bush administration's brief, "the military has the authority to capture and detain individuals whom it has determined are enemy combatants .
IN BRIEF The return of the long-unseen screen adaptation of Manuel thug's novel about two cell mates, the revolutionary Valentin (Raul Julia) and the homosexual film fan Molina (William Hurt), who forge a partnership trader fire.
Iowa State Law Library, (hereafter ISLL) Bound Briefs, Peter Ewen v.
According to the announcement, Brief Reporter is a legal research service dedicated to publishing top-quality legal briefs for attorneys, clients, researchers, and librarians.
Joining Americans United on the brief are the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League.
The first week-long round of briefs were held in April 2001 on board Constellation (CV 64) off the coast of Australia, before the battle group deployed to the Arabian Sea.
This aspect of the appellate opinion also led the tax organization to take the unusual step of filing a brief in a Customs case, according to TEI President Betty M.
Cunningham of Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College; American Atheists; the Atheist Law Center; the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs, the American Jewish Committee, the American Jewish Congress and The Interfaith Alliance Foundation; the Freedom From Religion Foundation and a brief filed by several legal historians and law scholars.
Accordingly, in its amicus brief in Mead, TEI takes issue with the government's citation of Correll, calling it "incorrect, disingenuous, and unpersuasive.

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