scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Lawyers and Lawyer bashing... (Somewhat long)
CHUCK BRAMLET (chuckb@AZTEC.ASU.EDU
Thu Jun 01 2000 - 11:11:09 CDT
First, let's not be too hard on "Scouter Petey". I suspect that he,
as everyone else on this list, has run into his share of jerks and
idiots. However, in his case they seem to have been lawyers, rather
than some other group.
For instance, if every experience I had with a black person (Sorry
Mike) was a negative experience, I would soon get the impression that
"all blacks are [insert favorite non-PC epithet]". If I _say_ that,
in some parts of the country I have committed a crime. If I say "all
lawyers are [...]", everybody nods and smiles. All you have to do
anymore is turn on the TV to find out who the local "defend anyone
for a price", unscrupulous one is.
The public's impression of lawyers as a group vs. lawyers as
individuals is shaped by the conduct of well known lawyers, or
lawyers in well known and high profile cases. Hollywood, either as
TV or film, in many cases doesn't help the situation.
For example, the best known lawyer in the country is the current
president, and his wife(?), who have done little to improve either
the image of lawyers or the Presidency. Add to them the 80% of the
535 members of the US House of Representatives and the 100 members of
the US Senate, of whom many are themselves doing little to improve
the image of lawyers.
In the state of Arizona, one of our lawyers is a lady who was
nominated by President Clinton for, I believe, US Attorney General.
She was elected AZ state Attorney General. As such, she has failed
to pursue enforcement of some of the laws that many of us feel that
she should have pursued, and appears to be siding with Mexico over
the current border crisis. Please, let's _not_ get into that one.
The next most well known lawyer in this area is one to whom the term
"bottom feeder" is being generous. If the cause is questionable,
he's there. I had the misfortune to meet him face to face a good
number of years ago, in a supermarket line. His treatment of the
clerk and the bag-boy were inexcusable, and his attitude arrogant.
In defense of the State Bar, the only reason that this man passed it
was that he was able to sue, and successfully argue that the Bar exam
The third most recognizable lawyer in this part of the state is a
former state AG who become "overinvolved" in the impeachment of a
former state governor. He went on to become a president of the NRA.
But in the opinion of many of us, he lied during the commission of
The current county attorney in my county is a man I probably would no
longer want as dog-catcher. If the case is high profile, and can get
him a lot of notoriety in a short time, he'll go for it. If it's
not, then "to  with it". He's been in a running and dirty
battle with our local sheriff for the last 10 years, and wastes no
opportunity to embarrass him if it can be done.
There are others across the county that you can probably think of,
that are also not exactly "Perry Mason". (Did I just date myself?)
These are the lawyers that we see, and learn to disrespect on the
basis of their actions. These are the lawyers that we see, and
conclude that all lawyers are "bottom-feeding low-lifes".
What I am getting at here is that the fact that some consider all
lawyers to be less than honest is probably as much the fault of
lawyers as a group, as it is the fault of the public that holds these
prejudicial views. In many cases, their professional organizations
have gone out of the way to protect them, or shield them from the
normal consequences of their actions.
We, as the public, do not see Mike Bowman, Ted Burton, G. John
Marmet, or any of the others whose names I can't remember that spend
much of their spare hours in helping produce a new generation of
responsible young men.
We see instead the Bill and Hillary Clintons, Johnny Cochrans and F.
Lee Baileys, and all the rest that give lawyers a truly bad name.
Chuck Bramlet -- I "used to be" an Antelope! WEM-10-95 Member DNRC
ASM Troop 323, Firebird District, Grand Canyon Council, Phoenix, Az.
"When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to
be free." -- Charles Evans Hughes
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