Is Selfish Lawyerly Behavior to be found only in Ancient Rome? No, Some things never change…

Edward Gibbon, 1737-1794

Edward Gibbon, 1737-1794

“In the practice of the bar these [people consider] reason as an instrument of dispute; they [interpret] the laws according to the dictates of private interest; and the same pernicious habits [still] adhere to their characters in the public administration of the state [witness our so called ‘Supreme Court].  The honour of a liberal profession has indeed been vindicated by ancient and modern advocates, who have filled the most important stations with pure integrity and consummate wisdom; but in the decline of Roman jurisprudence the ordinary promotion of lawyers was pregnant with mischief and disgrace.  The noble art, which had once been preserved as the sacred inheritance of the patricians, was fallen into the hands of freedmen and plebeians, who, with cunning rather than with skill, exercised a sordid and pernicious trade.  Some of them procured admittance into families for the purpose of fomenting differences, of encouraging suits, and of preparing a harvest of gain for themselves or their brethren.  Others, recluse in their chambers, maintained the gravity of legal professors, by furnishing a rich client with subtleties to confound the plainest truth, and with arguments to colour the most unjustifiable pretentions.” ― The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon, Volume I, 180 A. D. ― 536 A. D., Page 419, The Modern Library, New York, Random House.

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Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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