Jewish World Review Oct. 26, 2004 / 11 Mar-Cheshvan 5765

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Bashing lawyer for sport | I've been thinking a lot lately about why people hate lawyers so much and I have a tendency to blame it on the litigation explosion that people blame lawyers, sometimes rightly, for increasing health care costs and for filing sometimes frivolous lawsuits. And I assumed the high-profile cases don't help where defense attorneys seem willing to say anything to help sometimes seemingly guilty clients.

Then as I was cleaning my office today, I found this book "Shakespeare's Insults For Lawyers" (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.), degrading comments about my brethren from a long ways back, reminding me that the animosity is nothing new.

Now after we went back and double checked a lot of these reference, they weren't made about lawyers, but I guess the book is saying they could apply now. A little misleading, but anyway, one of them "Corrupter of words, Twelfth Night. You undergo too strict a paradox striving to make an ugly deed look fair. He has everything that an honest man should not have. What an honest man should have he has nothing. It's from Alls Well That Ends Well."

But then there are specific references to lawyers. Crack the lawyer's voice that he may never more false title plead nor sound his quillets shrilly. And of course, then there's the greatest hit from Henry VI. The first thing we do let's kill all the lawyers. Oh, come on, it's not that bad.

Then again the post election legal battles haven't starred yet.

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JWR contributor Dan Abrams anchors “The Abrams Report,” Monday through Friday from 9-10 p.m. ET on MSNBC TV. He also covers legal stories for “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” “Today” and “Dateline NBC.” To visit his website, click here. Comment by clicking here.



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