Notes From Babel

Shame on Joaquin Avila and Robert Rubin

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Since going to law school and becoming an attorney, I understand lawyer jokes less and less.  Most lawyers I know are good advocates and, shall we say, “highlight” the facts that best support their position.  And as for the ones that just tell bald faced lies, it becomes part of my job to stick their noses in it before the court.  In short, in my line of legal work, liars don’t often get far before their lies get the better of them.

This is less so when lawyers get involved in politics.  There, the only ones to police them are other elected officials, who often don’t have the time, and reporters who often don’t know what they’re looking for.  In short, unlike in the relatively tight-knit world of civil litigation, no one’s very motivated to keep anyone else honest.

So although I’m glad these slimeballs got caught, it worries me that this is just the tip of of an iceberg.

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Written by Tim Kowal

November 20, 2009 at 2:57 pm

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