Where does lawyering this bad come from?

How Trump’s lawyers lost their minds

  • Some readers may sense or believe that I am implicitly discounting the possibility that there was, in fact, a large-scale conspiracy between the Democratic party (minus its Senate and House candidates), the state electoral commissions & many members of the Republican party for the explicit purpose of committing electoral fraud on a massive scale. I also tend to discount the possibility that space reptiles, partnered with the derros and Elon Musk, used orbital mind control lasers to quantum-shift fluoride to vibrate at 440hz and thereby force people to vote for Biden against their will.
  • I am aware of “the lawyer’s obligation zealously to protect and pursue a client’s legitimate interests, within the bounds of the law, while maintaining a professional, courteous and civil attitude toward all persons involved in the legal system.” This duty of zealous representation, however, does not come close to excusing the conduct of Trump’s attorneys. It does not, for example, excuse lying in public, submitting false or misleading evidence, or filing frivolous lawsuits, let alone serving as an accomplice to criminality. The ethics rules also state that a lawyer is “an officer of the legal system and a public citizen having special responsibility for the quality of justice.”
  • The highlighting of the horrendously ethically-challenged lawyering by Trump’s attorneys does not deny, imply or otherwise suggest that there are not also good and publicly lawyers in this world, committed to the honest and fair operation of the justice system, whether in the private bar, non-profit, or government sectors. You in fact, may be one of those lawyers, and feel unfairly maligned. My point is suggest what cannot be denied: that there are some inherent ethical dangers created by the process of lawyering, dangers well illustrated by the ongoing saga of the elite strike force.

Professor at Columbia University; author of “The Curse of Bigness,” “The Attention Merchants,” and “The Master Switch;” veteran of Silicon Valley & Obama Admin.

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