I probably hurt my neighbor’s feelings the other day.
She’s a lawyer, and I was on a roll about how the legal profession has no moral backbone. The concept of ethics is alien to them.
I was in a courtroom, trying to convince the judge that firing someone who was unethical was in violation of our contract and a greater moral code.
The judge laughed. I lost. It cost us almost a quarter million dollars, but I learned something.
Here’s a recent tragedy that illustrates how well the legal profession judges itself.
This tragedy involves a judge who may have killed his wife. She’s a local teacher and well-liked. Her murder is upsetting an entire community.
But that’s not the whole tragic story.
It seems that the tragedy started back in 2014 when the Judge was caught assaulting her.
He remained a WORKING Judge for about a year. A few months later he was sentenced for the assault, and stayed in jail for about a year.
During all this time, he’s still a lawyer.
Here’s a glimmer of good news. The Board of Professional Conduct recommended that he be disbarred. For some reason this case went to the Supreme Court of Ohio.
They agreed his behavior was “abhorrent,” but since he was under “stress” they would let him remain a lawyer, but rule that he couldn’t actually work as a lawyer unless he petitioned to be reinstated.
Wow. Talk about severe.
So, if the ex-Judge is indeed the killer of his ex-wife, then, maybe, the greatest court in the great state of Ohio might think that’s enough evidence to take away his law license.
Then again, a decision like that requires a moral backbone.
So I’m not holding my breath.
By the way, if you’re a lawyer reading this,
Don’t be angry with me.
Try fixing your profession.