At his best, man is the noblest of all animals;
…separated from law and justice, he is the worst.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is reputed to have once said that our courts are courts of law are not courts of justice.
The idea is that courts, and the other participants in the Temple of Justice are not actually interested in justice, the truth, ethics or morality but are strictly interested in legality.
The prompt for this post was as a result of an extract from an article referring to Hilary Clinton’s days as an Attorney.
Shelton Was A 12-year-old Rape Victim Whose Attacker Was Defended By Hillary Clinton In Her Lawyer Days. A Tape Later Emerged Showing Hillary Chuckling When Talking About The Case And Suggesting She Knew Her Client Was Guilty. She Used A Legal Technicality To Get Him A Substantially Reduced Sentence.
The law is said to be an ass, and so, can we assume that lawyers must be heartless jackasses to be able to do their work?.
As a mother of a young teenage girl, and a lawyer, would you defend a rapist who has confessed to you of his heinous crime? Would it just be, all in a day’s job ?
A lot of people who adopt policing as a profession do so because of a strong sense of ridding the society of crime. They have a strong sense of right and wrong and would fight injustice tooth and nail.
It is reasonable.to assume.that someone who goes into the law profession, or has anything to so with the judiciary. would be motivated by a deep urge to rid society of criminals and criminality.
The dictionary defines judiciary thus:
Persons who administer justice
How then would a lawyer with a strong sense of justice feel in being able to get his client off the hook, even when there is no doubt about guilt?.
I ask myself, if I were to be a lawyer, would I in all good conscience be able.to defend a murderer who has confessed to me, or fight valiantly for a treasury looter who confessed his crime to me as his lawyer, or a serial rapist who derives joy in ravishing young girls, and splitting their throat afterwards?.
I doubt I would be able to take on a case like this. My conscience simply can’t bear this.
I would then truly want to know from the lawyers – how do they feel when they are instrumental in setting a criminal free? Do they feel a professional sense of accomplishment for a job well done? Or, do they ever suffer a prick of conscience when they look in the mirror early in the morning?
Are lawyers trained to suppress their conscience / sense of ethics.. the way doctors are trained to suppress emotion while on the job?