I recently read this article without the least bit of surprise. A US Federal Judge openly admitted to not caring about the standard of his profession:
“I pay very little attention to legal rules, statutes, constitutional provisions,” Posner told the New York Times in an interview published Monday. “A case is just a dispute. The first thing you do is ask yourself — forget about the law — what is a sensible resolution of this dispute?”
I often remember hearing “lawyer jokes” when I was younger and always wondered why people seemed to detest them so vigorously. At the time the criticisms, while funny, seemed unjustly harsh. But then the time came where I needed to be involved with both lawyers and what now passes for a legal system*, and I can say with absolute confidence and not the least exaggeration that lawyers are a dishonest, contemptible bunch and a scourge to society.
Here is an example of a judge immersed in the law, who cares not one whit for the process. It’s humourous to hear lawyers wax eloquently about the law, an objective standard of justice they’ve sworn to uphold, when they spend their lives trying to dodge the very spirit of the law making sure justice is seldom done and their clients gotten off.
Before my need of a lawyer I had only met 4 or 5 lawyers in my life. To a man, they were full of themselves with more than a fair share of arrogance. I believe the profession attracts a certain disposition of character rather than law school churning out one pompous ass after another. They usually possess an above average IQ; just high enough to make them foolishly dangerous to society but not smart enough for them to properly assess their own true value in a worthless system.
Lawyers settle disputes among parties, that is all. They are economic parasites that add no value and aid in the confiscation and redistribution of the wealth of others; not according to just terms but to some precedent that may or may not be germane to the exact situation before them. The divorce courts may be the most egregious example of this. They are seldom concerned with fairness or justice, and with trying to change a corrupt system, but rather, just billing more hours than their clients could possibly need.
Lawyers should be looked down on and shamed much like pornographers and drug dealers for their similar decaying influence on society. They provide a useless service and the system that employs them should be torn down and rebuilt in order that fairness can be restored. Literally anything can happen in a court of law. Many of us would stand a better chance at fairness in a casino.
*It is a legal system, not a justice system. The sense of justice in the modern world has been all but lost and the blame for such an abominable system lies at the feet of lawyers and lawmakers.