In Reply to: Re: Actually, we have to. . . posted by Wilfried on October 24, 2000 at 16:34:29:
You may call a plumber when your sink clogs, but you don't then blame plumbers for clogged pipes. You may call a carpenter when your roof leaks, but you don't then blame carpenters for leaky roofs. You then say that you are willing to call a lawyer when you need one, which is smart. My only question is, why is it that you then go on to blame lawyers when the legal system isn't the way you want it?
Politicians, many of whom are NOT lawyers, make laws. Plaintiffs start lawsuits. Juries consider cases and award damages. Lawyers have to operate within the rules handed them by these different groups. Yet lawyers exclusively get the blame for the bad of the legal system. Well, I'm sorry, but I've seen too many good lawyers (by that I mean good people who happen to be lawyers) and too many bad politicians, plaintiffs and jurors. So, I just don't buy your analysis and refuse to accept your conclusion. But hey, your analysis is the easy way out, so I don't imagine I will change your mind. If you need a copout, then go ahead and blame lawyers. If you want to dig into the issue a little deeper, I would start looking at a society of people that refuses to accept responsibility for their own actions.
Once again, I step off the soap box. But in closing, I will note that I am a defense lawyer, so, although I am willing to defend my plaintiff-representing brethren, I am generally on the side fighting against some pretty unbelievable claims.