15 June 2011

Well, duh...

The Rape of Justice


When most people hear about a senseless and brutal crime on the news, they tend to react first with shock, then horror, and then outrage.  When the victim is a child, those reactions are even more intense (think Amber Hagerman, Adam Walsh, Meagan Kanka, etc.).  In the aftermath of such a horrific event it is common to hear otherwise peaceful people calling for equally brutal vengeance against the perpetrator.  I think it is safe to say we all understand that urge to strike back.

So I couldn't help but laugh out loud when I stepped in this steaming pile of intellectual dog shit called "Grim Reminders of the Dangers of Family Law" while perusing the always profound, always insightful Texas Lawyer magazine.

After listing a number of incidents where a party in a divorce killed their ex's lawyer and sometimes their co-workers and themselves, the author brilliantly points out that:
"...family law is seen as a riskier practice than most, because people in the midst of divorce or facing the loss of their children tend to be highly emotional and may direct their anger at their estranged spouse's lawyer."
Are all lawyers this smart or is it just you good ol' Texas lawyers?  Most of us lesser folks learned at a very young age that if you start poking at a hornet’s nest, you are likely to get stung.

Frankly, after some of the cold blooded acts of judicial rape I've seen take place in Collin County, the more interesting question is why do we not see many, many more of these incidents?

The article' goes on to point out that courthouse security is increasing and programs are being developed and offered to lawyers and judges about how to anticipate and handle such incidents.  Probably a good idea.

We here at this blog do not advocate or condone violence against anyone in our community...no matter how justified it may seem.  But as I said previously, we certainly do understand where it comes from.