Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Lying As a Way of Life: Lawyers & Congress

One of the problems we have with Congress is that it has too many lawyers.

While one would think it could be good to have legislators who are familiar with the law, the problem is that lying is a way of life for nearly all lawyers. Lawyers rationalize it away as just being "good advocates" for their clients, but the reality is that most legal briefs are filled with lies disguised as fact.

Judges -- who are lawyers themselves -- expect lies in the filings and accept them because they engaged in the same shoddy behavior befor being elected or appointed to the bench.

And the bar association "ethics" committees (composed of lawyers) just laugh when this issue is raised.

Most importantly, the endemic lying in briefs filed in court exposes the lack of justice in American courts. Lawyers who make a joke of the truth destroy any hope of justice.

Judicial lies usually don't get exposed, but the following shows an example of the rampant lack of integrity:

Extra chemicals needed to kill Calif.'s oldest condemned inmate

By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press Writer

Tuesday, January 17, 2006, San Quentin, Calif. (AP) -- In the end, California's oldest condemned inmate wasn't as feeble and frail as his attorneys portrayed in their futile efforts to spare his life, describing a man who would have to be carried into the death chamber.

Read the rest of the article.

The point is the lawyers lied in their legal papers. They would argue their lies were justified.

But EVERY LIAR RATIONALIZES their lies and that especially applies to those in Congress.

Just think: If you're a lawyer used to a career of rationalized lying, do you think that being elected to Congress will change anything?

Lying Democrat lawyers in Congress? Lying Republican lawyers in Congress? Not a dime's worth of difference between them.

Yes there are honest lawyers. I am privileged to know some. But even these honest people remain silent about the lies of their bretheren -- just as good Germans remained silent while Hitler worked his evil. They are "going along to get along" and not making waves because it would ostracize them.

The issue is one of institutional falsehood that demands fundamental reform.

If elected president, I will begin the most thorough reform of the system ever and will extend perjury penalties to criminalize false or misrepresented statements whether they are made by attorneys, experts, clients or other persons if those statements were knowingly made.

I would further put the determination of lawyer and judge misconduct in the hands of local committees composed of a majority of non-lawyers. If the legal community cannot clean up its own act, then if elected, I will do so.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."


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