WOE TO YOU LAWYERS …

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… the crooked lawyer has got to be so crooked that everybody is afraid of him, even the judge …

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[Jesus Christ] said, “Woe to you lawyers as well! For you weigh men down with burdens hard to bear, while you yourselves will not even touch the burdens with one of  your fingers.”

Jesus Christ,  Luke 11:46

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Woe to you ...

Woe to you …

There are two qualities that make for the highest suc­cess in the law—honesty and dishonesty. To get ahead you must either be so irreproachable in your conduct and elevated in your ideals that your reputation for virtue becomes your chief asset, or, on the other hand, so crooked that your very dishonesty makes you invaluable to your clients . . . the crooked lawyer has got to be so crooked that everybody is afraid of him, even the judge.

Arthur Train, The Confessions of Artemas Quibble (1911)

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… the blood of all the prophets, shed since the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the house of God; yes, I tell you, it shall be charged against this generation. Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; you yourselves did not enter, and you hindered those who were entering.

Jesus Christ,  Luke 11:50-52

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Ours is a sick profession marked by incompetence, lack of training, misconduct and bad manners. Ineptness, bungling, malpractice, and bad ethics can be observed in court houses all over this country every day… these incompetents have a seeming unawareness of the fun­damental ethics of the profession.

U.S. Chief Justice Warren E. Burger (1907-1995)

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You shall appoint for yourself judges and officers in all your towns which the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous. Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

 Deuteronomy 16: 18-20

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Dante's Inferno: Lawyers who goaded people into suits and divorces

Dante’s Inferno: Lawyers who goaded
people into suits and divorces

It just takes one, he says over and over. You hear all the time in this business. One big case, and you can retire. That’s the reason lawyers do so many sleazy things, like full-color ads in the Yellow Pages, and billboards, and placards on city buses, and telephone solicitation. You hold your nose, ignore the stench of what you’re doing, ignore the snubs and snobbery of big-firm lawyers, because it only takes one.

John Grisham, The Rainmaker, 1995

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Q: Where in Dante’s Inferno did the lawyers go?

A: In Dante’s inferno, lawyers typically went to the third tier in which they would spent an eternity trapped inside a burning, overheated, metal coffin with no room to move and little air to breath.

Wiki Answers

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… And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Revelation 20: 13-15

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