"Stupidity cannot be cured. Stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death. There is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity." Thus spake Lazarus Long in Time Enough for Love by Robert Heinlein.


Whenever new matter is introduced on either side, the plea must conclude with a verification or averment, in order that the other party may have an opportunity of answering it.The usual verification of a plea containing matter of fact, is in these words, "And this he is ready to verify," etc.In one instance however, new matter need not conclude with a verification and then the pleader may pray judgment without it; for example, when the matter pleaded is merely negative. The reason of it is evident, a negative requires no proof; and it would therefore be imper-tinent or nugatory for the pleader, who pleads a negative matter, to declare his readiness to prove it.

practice. The examination of the truth of a writing; the certificate that the writing is true.