THE FIRST THING WE DO, LET’S KILL ALL THE LAWYERS

A Constitutional Analysis

-Morris Wade Richardson

Lawyers, being lawyers, have argued that the title of this article, a line from Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part II, was somehow meant by Shakespeare “as a compliment to attorneys and judges who instill justice in society.” Indeed, at least one United States Supreme Court justice has expressed this “complimentary point of view.” Justice John Paul Stevens, in his dissent in Walters v. National Ass’n of Radiation Survivors, complained about the majority’s “apparent unawareness of the function of the independent lawyer as a guardian of our freedom.” Referencing Shakespeare’s famous line, he wrote: “That function was, however, well understood by Jack Cade and his followers, characters ……

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4/24/2015

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