A truthful lawyer.
That sentence catches you a little off-guard, am I right?
It’s okay if it did. Actually, it’s a well-known fact that some lawyers are not the most honest of people. So much so that we may feel that “truth” and “lawyer” have no place being in the same vicinity. They cancel each other out somehow, almost as if the words create a big cultural oxymoron.
What I’m wondering is at what point in time did these individuals start disappointing us? When did it become okay for attorneys to purposefully prosecute the innocent and set free those who will continue to destroy society as we know it? And, at what point, did it become perfectly fine to give children that are thriving in a healthy environment for once, back to parents that are STILL unfit to take care of them…and the only reason being because it is easier for the justice system?
Even in my young life, I’ve seen this all too much. Trust me, there are unlimited amounts of people willing to let their ethics slide for what is easy, for what gives them that paycheck at the end of the week. And, hey, if it takes some tricks to make that paycheck even larger, it’s cool…no problem.
On the other hand, some attorneys and others of the law are simply ground and bullied into submission by those around them, or those over them in rank, to act on whatever closes the case in their favor. Their block of integrity has been chipped away by and by from the daily grind of life in this environment. These particular individuals are tired of saying no and finding themselves in trouble for standing by their morals. Soon it comes to the point where they don’t wish to resist the pressures of the law system any longer. A defense lawyer’s job is to defend. Even when the client isn’t innocent, right? These people have heard it so many times, it becomes stamped into their minds as fact. People get to the point where they believe they’re just doing their job.
It’s no secret that this thought process has seeped into the minds of society and law. Those in places of authority are no longer using their powers as they should, but as they are told, or how they want to use them. Who can blame them, though? There is more to the judicial system than it looks to the untrained eye.
Restrictions and laws of the government and law system set rigid guidelines on just HOW attorneys should conduct themselves, and in most cases if they step out of line they pay the price. The government (or law system, moreover) believe that the focus of the attorney should be more invested in the greater good of the client, not necessarily that the truth comes out.
I’m not being too harsh on the Justice System. It has a very important responsibility in society and should be treated with immense maturity and moral integrity. Lawyers and judges (EVERYONE) should be held accountable in all they do. Those that are willing to lie for their gain, defend the guilty party, and proclaim those that have gone down the wrong path “a lost cause” so easily, without argument, are the ones corrupting the system.
BUT…there are many upstanding lawyers and judges that do stand for what is right, true, and good for everyone involved. They stand with those that are hurting, they protect those that are innocent and convict those that are guilty. They show mercy where mercy should be shown and justice where justice is needed. These folks are helping society in more ways than we can count and they do their job while at the same time standing by ethics instead of material gain. These the real justice seekers in the system and should be applauded as such.
Because there is a problem when I tell someone I wish to be a lawyer and they meet me with a look that is the equivalent as if I were the one put on trial.
So, what do we do about this?
Gather more people with strong character and conviction to stand for what is right in positions of leadership, where we need them most.
Your faithful future lawyer and blogger,