It now appears that the motion was prepared by a jailhouse lawyer to whom defendant had complained about his attorney.
Tells about his time in prison as a model prisoner and a jailhouse lawyer.
Though he doesn't have a law degree, he earned a reputation there as a jailhouse lawyer.
Slang definitions & phrases for jailhouse lawyer
A prisoner who, authoritative or not, is disposed to lengthy discussion of his legal rights and those of other inmates; guardhouse lawyer: an avid reader of good literature and a ''jailhouse lawyer''(1940s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D. Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers. Cite This Source