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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:57 am, Thu Oct 11, 2012.

In defense of the legal profession, “Lawyers are the downfall of America,” a letter written by Jim Sugden on Sept. 26: The “Law,” like medicine, is a beautiful and complicated science.

When we suffer health issues, we call on a “good” M.D. for help; likewise, when we suffer painful legal problems, we seek the help of a “good” attorney, which, by the way, is also referred to as a “doctor of the law” (juris doctorate) as well as counselor, solicitor and advocate, which all have theological overtones.

Without lawyers, the everyday guy like you and me wouldn’t have access to the very judicial system that exists to protect us. Without doctors, we, the untrained and uneducated, wouldn’t have access to the operating room, either.

Thank God for “good” attorneys and doctors. Thank God for the Law.

William Van Amber Fields


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  • John Lucas posted at 2:16 pm on Sat, Oct 13, 2012.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    The choice is either guns or Lawyers.

  • Rick Houdack posted at 7:33 pm on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    Rick Houdack Posts: 189

    Amber Fields says "Thank God for the law", but he should better have said "Thank secular humans for law". Sectarian humans, speaking under the "authority" of his always-mute god, gave him the largely forgotten biblical nonsense laws of Deuteronomy, Judges and Leviticus. His god's law encouraged him to own his fellow human beings, to beat them at his pleasure, to kill disrespectful children and kill non-virgin brides. Those are the laws of his god. Thank humans those times are gone and fools who claim to still believe it are dwindling.

  • Betty Goble posted at 11:26 am on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    Roxy Posts: 7

    Amen, in this world we need all kinds of proffesionals that are what we call Honest !!!!!

  • daniel hutchins posted at 10:21 am on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    The below assessment is general principle.
    By the rules of the law, an affidavit of complaint which alleges that a crime was witnessed may be sufficient to justify a trial, not proof. With the affidavit on the record, then it can be tried.

    I am questioning how trials are brought before the court without a sworn affidavit that someone witnessed a crime.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 10:17 am on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    In a kangaroo court, there should be no trial unless the court can prove that a crime had been committed. Without a crime, there should not be a trial. The first thing that the judge asks of the Defendant table is whether the Defendant is present. The "Turn-me-in" (Attorney) stands up in court and informs the court that he is sitting here at the table. Immediately, all opportunities of the question of whether a crime was committed are not, are answered because the Defendant just made an appearance to answer to the crime.

    I refuse to believe that lawyers are so stupid that they don't know that they just surrendered their opportunity to question whether a crime had been committed.

    Thanks to the "Turn-me-in," the Defendant just made a general appearance. Beforehand, the Defendant had an opportunity to counterclaim to force the court to prove that a crime had been committed. If this is a murder trial, it's pretty obvious that a crime was committed because there is a dead body. However, if it is gunshot, there is still a question of suicide. I would expect the Coroner's report to be sworn under penalties of perjury and to be entered onto the court record before I would concede that a crime had been committed. If it were a poisoning, I would expect proof that a crime was committed before I would concede to a general appearance in the trial. I would probably counterclaim a few questions to force the court to prove that the Coroner's report proves that a murder had been committed.

    In a murder trial, there should be agreement that a murder was committed, and then the Defendant only seeks an acquittal by convincing the jury that there is an element of doubt of whether the Defendant committed the crime, or someone else might have done it. Not that a crime was never committed in the first place.

    Then the judge asks the Turn-me-in, how does the Defendant plea? The Turn-me-in responds, "not guilty." Right there, the person sitting at the table has granted full jurisdiction to the court.

    Since the court is in fiction, the Defendant just lost his opportunity to object to his standing as the living body as surety for the fictitious action that is entered onto the fictitious record.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 9:41 am on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    As a rare exception, in the Casey Anthony trial, Casey was represented by a "good" lawyer. I watched most of the trial on video, and I observed his leading attorney objected to just about everything, and he rebutted every piece of evidence that the prosecution presented to the jury.

    I observed that the prosecution did not have a case against her, and Casey's law team let it be known to the jury.

    I am thanking God that the jury was sequestered so that they could not view the news media's opinion.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 9:36 am on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    [thumbdown] I am glad that William Van Amber Fields apparently is not a lawyer. If he were a lawyer, I don't think there'd be any excuse for this letter.

    The lawyer profession is like a union. Just like other union jobs, you can't be a lawyer unless you join their "union." Then, they enjoy the protection of THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA. Just like any other trade union, they don't like non-union workers, who cross the bar as an attorney without carrying a bar card.

    This lockdown on the profession has no place in law. In Schware v. Board of Examiners, the US Supreme Court ruled that no state can legislate authority to practice law, but they do.

    If anyone ever tries to act as attorney for another friend, and he crosses the bar, he will be challenged for lack of standing, unless he holds a bar card. The only way that a Defendant can bring a friend who is not an attorney across the bar is to invoke Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 17(c)(2) whiich allows the Defendant to be represented by a "next friend" if the Defendant confesses to being incompetent.


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