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  •  Apples and Oranges (none)
    I don't think it's a good analogy to compare criminal defense attorneys, to corporate or tort law attorneys.  The reason is this:

    Criminal defense attorneys are not really serving their clients--not in the traditional sense of the word.  They are, first and foremost, officers of the court, serving the Constitution.  They are there as a check on the government.  They are there to keep the constitutional machine well-oiled and functioning.  They're a cog in a larger machine.  The ethics of defending the constitution are clear-cut.  That it benefits the client is really a side-effect.

    Tort lawyers would claim they were having a similar function, protecting the consumer from corporations--and maybe they are.  But it's a different kind of calling when the dispute is between two private entitities. . . and the government and its citizens.

    •  I (none)
      see what you're saying, my example was truly that of a devil's advocate.

      It was put out in response to the kind of comments around here that presuppose that all corporations (and their employees) are somehow inherently evil and immoral, and that the only reasonable lawyer appointee to the SCOTUS would be one with a strictly ACLU/public defendant/pro-bono-type background.

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