"If the judges interpret the laws themselves, and suffer none else to interpret, they may easily make, of the laws, [a shredded] shipman's hose!" - King James I of England, around 1616.

“No class of the community ought to be allowed freer scope in the expression or publication of opinions as to the capacity, impartiality or integrity of judges than members of the bar. They have the best opportunities of observing and forming a correct judgment. They are in constant attendance on the courts. Hundreds of those who are called on to vote never enter a court-house, or if they do, it is only at intervals as jurors, witnesses or parties. To say that an attorney can only act or speak on this subject under liability to be called to account and to be deprived of his profession and livelihood by the very judge or judges whom he may consider it his duty to attack and expose, is a position too monstrous to be entertained for a moment under our present system,” Justice Sharwood in Ex Parte Steinman and Hensel, 95 Pa 220, 238-39 (1880).

“This case illustrates to me the serious consequences to the Bar itself of not affording the full protections of the First Amendment to its applicants for admission. For this record shows that [the rejected attorney candidate] has many of the qualities that are needed in the American Bar. It shows not only that [the rejected attorney candidate] has followed a high moral, ethical and patriotic course in all of the activities of his life, but also that he combines these more common virtues with the uncommon virtue of courage to stand by his principles at any cost.

It is such men as these who have most greatly honored the profession of the law. The legal profession will lose much of its nobility and its glory if it is not constantly replenished with lawyers like these. To force the Bar to become a group of thoroughly orthodox, time-serving, government-fearing individuals is to humiliate and degrade it.” In Re Anastaplo, 18 Ill. 2d 182, 163 N.E.2d 429 (1959), cert. granted, 362 U.S. 968 (1960), affirmed over strong dissent, 366 U.S. 82 (1961), Justice Black, Chief Justice Douglas and Justice Brennan, dissenting.

" I do not believe that the practice of law is a "privilege" which empowers Government to deny lawyers their constitutional rights. The mere fact that a lawyer has important responsibilities in society does not require or even permit the State to deprive him of those protections of freedom set out in the Bill of Rights for the precise purpose of insuring the independence of the individual against the Government and those acting for the Government”. Lathrop v Donohue, 367 US 820 (1961), Justice Black, dissenting.

"The legal profession must take great care not to emulate the many occupational groups that have managed to convert licensure from a sharp weapon of public defense into blunt instrument of self-enrichment". Walter Gellhorn, "The Abuse of Occupational Licensing", University of Chicago Law Review, Volume 44 Issue 1, September of 1976.

“Because the law requires that judges no matter how corrupt, who do not act in the clear absence of jurisdiction while performing a judicial act, are immune from suit, former Judge Ciavarella will escape liability for the vast majority of his conduct in this action. This is, to be sure, against the popular will, but it is the very oath which he is alleged to have so indecently, cavalierly, baselessly and willfully violated for personal gain that requires this Court to find him immune from suit”, District Judge A. Richard Caputo in H.T., et al, v. Ciavarella, Jr, et al, Case No. 3:09-cv-00286-ARC in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Document 336, page 18, November 20, 2009. This is about judges who were sentencing kids to juvenile detention for kickbacks.

Monday, September 26, 2016

An armed-to-the-teeth Houston lawyer was shot dead after he engaged in a shooting rampage at a Houston mall

Attorney Nathan DeSai, who reportedly had a degree in psychology from a Houston University and a J.D. from Tulsa Law School, was shot dead today by police after he wounded 9 people in a Houston mall, see another report here.

Nathan DeSai recently split from his law partner, and was reported to have brandished assault-type weapons at roofers in his apartment complex, yet no action was taken against him at that time.

Fortunately, nobody was killed - save for DeSai himself - but people were wounded.

The level of anger of this man highlights once again the problems in the legal profession where an extremely high number of attorneys are prone to drinking, drug abuse, depression and suicide.

Lawyers reportedly rank 5th among occupations as to their levels of depression.

And, depression may lead not only to suicide, but to homicide, too, apparently.

Let me mention that DeSai had no record of public discipline.
DeSai was a seasoned attorney practicing in Texas for 17 years.

But, he lost it and went on a shooting spree with assault type weapons when he had a falling out with his law partner.

So, if you are going to a lawyer's office, you may be entering a lair of a dangerous, and armed, psycho.

But - the most dangerous offenses the regulators of the legal profession continue to see are criticism of the government by attorneys.

So, let me ask you a question - how many more dangerous armed maniacs are waiting for you out there in their law offices across this blessed nation while the regulators of the legal profession are increasingly busy spending your money to remove law licenses of attorneys-whistleblowers?

And how many of these dangerous maniacs are prosecuting cases and are on the bench judging you?

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