Well, I found out over the weekend that I did indeed pass the Bar exam this past July. It takes them about ten weeks to grade the thing. But at least now that is over with. At long last I can finally demand some respect!
Pretty soon I will found The Justice Firm. I can already see the commercials now: “Justice is not just my name; it’s my business.” On the other hand, I suppose that some of my criminal clients may not actually want justice…but at least they will want everyone to think they want justice, so the slogan should work out fine.
Of course, as I’ve pointed out in the past, justice has to work against the police and the government, too, and not just against defendants. So I guess my less-innocent customers can always look at matters that way.
The Public Defender and all other defense lawyers are basically an Anti-Government Prosecutors. Whereas the District Attorney punishes you for breaking the government’s rules, the Public Defender punishes the government for breaking laws.
If the District Attorney’s Office incompetantly charges you with a crime that you have not broken, the defense lawyers will make the prosecutors look like fools. If the police stop your car for no reason . . ., and then violate the Constitution to search your car for drugs, a defense lawyer will free you even if you are guilty. He does so not because he likes criminals. Rather, he frees you in order to punish the government for breaking the law — and because you have paid him money.
Now, before I can start doing stuff, I just have to get “admitted to the Bar” — whatever that means. Hopefully it won’t take too long.