It seems incredible to me, but much of the media and most of the democrats have very little understanding of the legal profession in general. Perhaps it would be a good idea to review.
Lawyers do not spontaneously write briefs and argue cases because they have personal interest in the subject matter. I realize that is going to be a shock to the media, but attorneys have clients (people who pay them to take care of a particular problem or issue) or they work for an employer (a company or the government). In both instances the lawyer is being paid for his work product, not his personal belief system. His/her knowledge and experience is being utilized exactly as one would a CPA or a Stockbroker. There are, of course, rules of ethics and every lawyer has personal standards.
The important point that the liberal media needs to understand is that:
- Just because a lawyer argues a case does not mean that he agrees with or supports his client or employer.
- When an employer tells an attorney to find supporting law, that is not a request for that lawyer’s opinion!
- The brilliant arguments and persuasive reasoning in briefs and arguments are NOT from a lawyer’s heart. They are straight from the brain and many many hours of difficult research. They are nothing more than work product.
- If a lawyer wins a case it does not mean that he necessarily approves of the outcome, but he was paid to work for that outcome.
- A judge does not make law.
- A judge does not change a law he does not like or feels is unfair or unreasonable.
- A judge takes the law cited by the attorneys and applies that law impartially and without bias to the facts of the case (when not in a jury trial).
There is almost certainly more than one thing I neglected to mention. I apologize for whatever I left out. I just hope that people stop trying to credit or blame lawyers for work product! We have enough rotten practitioners, we really don’t need for the honest lawyers to be unjustly accused.