Legal luminaries come together to celebrate 'To Kill a Mockingbird"

Fifty years ago this week, one of the most ennobling literary characters in American history was first introduced to the world's readers. Full Story
Mark Winshel

Pleasant Hill, CA

#1 Jul 15, 2010
I would truly like to know what planet Judge Symons is from? In other words her comment that, "The goal is always to behave as honorably as Finch did" as being what the typical modern lawyer supposedly actually strives for is absolute nonsense.

More specifically, most lawyers over the last few decades instead have strived to be as sleazy as possible since they can make a lot more money by being extremely sleazy than by being honorable. In fact, any young lawyer who tried to be as honorable, or even a tiny fraction as honorable, as Atticus Finch was would be fired almost immediately by virtually any major law firm that is located in any major city.

Finch in cross examination also treated respectfully the supposed victim, in other words the person who was the opponent and primary witness against his own client.

However since most members of the modern legal profession only care about how much money they can make, and the most effective way for the typical lawyer to make a lot of money is by winning, and even if his own client is clearly in the wrong, and therefore for the lawyer to be as sleazy as possible in lying, distorting things, and attempting to intimidate and defame the opposition, the culture of the legal profession in recent decades has turned into an all out war to see who can be the very sleaziest.

And Judge Smons also neglacted to mention that in recent decades the legal profession, and especially in California, has become so overcome with extreme alcoholism and drug abuse, that therefore if no one was allowed to enter a courtroom unless they could prove they were sober, that over half the lawyers would be unemployed.(More specifically, the rates of alcoholism and drug abuse among modern day lawyers, and especially in California, are so skyhigh as to be off the charts.)

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