Because so many of the interactions people have with lawyers make so many lawyers worthy of being reviled for one reason or another.
As the old quip goes, “99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.” (Steven Wright) and as the newer quip goes: “He gives empty suits a bad name.” (Dennis Miller on John Edwards (who is a lawyer))
- Corporate lawyers who think stuff like this is a good idea: Krispy Kreme not sweet on college kid selling to Minnesotans, tells him to quit
- Personal injury lawyers who sue anyone or anything on theories of liability so contrived that only a lawyer could come up with them.
Both sides of criminal law leave the public disenchanted:
- Criminal defense attorneys who represent someone like O.J. Simpson and justify themselves with the “everyone deserves a vigorous defense” nonsense. Then there are the incompetent criminal defense attorneys who phone in their “defense” in name only and let innocent people get crushed by an indifferent legal system.
- Prosecuting attorneys who couldn’t care less about a defendant’s guilt or innocence and who measure their success by their “conviction rate” instead. Police officers (not lawyers, but tools of lawyers) who are told in no uncertain terms that they must issue citations and make arrests not for the sake of protecting the public, but for the sake of fleecing the public with fines, so that the prosecutors and courts can steal money under color of law.
Divorce lawyers who will say anything either A) to get a client lots of money and custody of the kids (and thus lots of money) or B) to get save a client lots of money in alimony and asset distribution and to get custody of the kids (and not have to pay out lots of money). The divorce attorneys who, for example, A) won’t think twice about accusing a good and decent father of spousal abuse and/or child abuse just to get leverage in the divorce action and/or alienate the children he loves; or B) help the husband hide income and assets from the wife so that she’s left destitute. Divorce lawyers who A) prey on their clients’ ignorance of the law and legal system and B) exploit their fear and anger so that they can charge their client’s exorbitant fees to do and accomplish so little.
“When you see a situation you cannot understand, look for the financial interest”. Tom L. Johnson
I must state (lest some simpleton claim that my post is an indictment of “all lawyers”—it’s not) that not all lawyers are bad. There are some wonderfully kind, courageous, and decent people out there who are lawyers, but they are few.
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