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  •  It already sounds like a spoof (24+ / 0-)

    "There's a gathering storm, and I'm scared."

    "I'm more scared than you are."

    "I'm under the bed peeing my pants."

    "I'm a doctor - well, and actor playing a doctor - scared to death that I'm gonna catch teh gay..."

    I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

    by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 06:31:52 PM PDT

    •  seriously! (5+ / 0-)

      Scared?  Really???  SCARED??  Jesus H, with all of the problems in the world THIS is what scares them.  Whatevs.

    •  I guess as a lawyer (1+ / 0-)
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      I could then refuse a court appointment to represent any one with whom I disagreed.  I disapprove strongly of Crystal Meth dealers.  No your honor I cannot take that case, it would offend my sensibilities.

      No Child abuse defense from me, ever.

      My oath as a Lawyer does not allow me to pick and choose who merits my services, ever.  If I cannot handle it as a matter of conscience it would be my duty to surrender my law license.

      Your sense is more common than mine.

      by Othniel on Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 06:58:01 PM PDT

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      •  I'm not sure I agree with this (0+ / 0-)

        My oath as a Lawyer does not allow me to pick and choose who merits my services, ever.  

        I'm a lawyer, and I certainly, certainly, don't take every client, or every case, that walks through the door. Lawyers turn down cases all the time -- for many reaons, including the fact that some people can't pay, and you are not required to take every pro bono case that walks through your door. I think, for example, that if an anti-abortion group wanted a vehemently pro-choice lawyer to represent them and advocate for their free speech rights to televise a virulently anti-abortion commercial, I don't think any ethical cannon requires that pro-choice lawyer to take that case.  At least here in Louisiana, I'm unaware of any ethical rule that prohibits you from turning down clients for whatever reason.  In fact, if you don't believe that you can do a zealous job representing a client for whatever reason, you are ethically bound NOT to take on that client.  

        •  How easy is it to get out of a court appointment? (0+ / 0-)

          Can you just say, Your honor, I think the defendent is scum, and can't bring myself to adequately defend him/her?

          Serious question from a non-attorney.

          •  Court appointments don't just happen (0+ / 0-)

            to any lawyer.  I don't do criminal work at all, so I'm not "on the list" to get court appointments.  Generally, judges don't just randomly pick you out of thin air and say, "You! go represent this person."  Instead, you generally voluntarily put you name on a list to defend indigents, for example, if the public defender's office can't (and the lawyers are paid some small fee for that work).  And yes, I've seen people turn even those appointments down.  Lawyers are certainly not obligated to take cases they don't want to take. Even when they do pro bono work, lawyers can pick and choose which matters to work on. (Now, once you've taken on a case and made appearances in court, there may be restrictions on when the judge will let you withdraw.)  So yes, you can even turn down public appointments.  

        •  Iwas speaking of court appointmemts (0+ / 0-)

          and a blanket exemption.

          Your sense is more common than mine.

          by Othniel on Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 12:09:13 AM PDT

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    •  Anyone who is scared... (1+ / 0-)

      ...that they're going to become gay, probably is but is just afraid to accept it.  :-\

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