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suit Riley's record. That record
shows that nearly every time
Riley 'was" discharged it was by
a Republican judges "
Riley has a reputation, as a pick
pocket, but the police usually
bring him in merely ort general
principles and hardly ever have
anv direct evidence against him.
This seems to be the most, otn
vious reason for his being- dis
charged, so often.
Gemmilliysince making the
chaYges th'rpugh the newspapers,,
has denied them"; said the report
ers misquoted him, and. blown to
Cuba for a vacation. Riley's case
has been put off until March 10.
SPLENDID LEGAL PROPOSITION
Lawyer Whipple, of Boston,, addressing the Southern Bar As
sociation, declared that the atmosohere-"of the courtroom -should
be cleared of "furtive concealments, surprises, ambuscades and
tricky devices to conceal the truth, and of the temptation which our
present procedure holds -out to actual fraud and chicanery."
Thp.wnrrls wft mmt'e make a finp rlpsrrinHnn rf t-he man inula tinn
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of a case in court, and Attorney Whipple's proposition is a splendid
: one-. But. isn't that orooosition one to not onlv clear the atmos
phere, of the courtroom, but also to clear the legal profession out of
the courtroom? "
Do our law schools teach the straight, true line to justice, re
.gardless of parties, or fees? Do' lawyers become rich through aim
ing at justice, or through having at their finger-tips those tricks,
devices, concealments, -etc., most advantageousi to their clients?
'' What judge on1 the bench, given unlimited power, would clear
the courtroom of those common and accepted'practices 'to which the
entire profession, including the judge himself, has been, educated -to
believe to be legitimate, ethical and -prpfessionally correct, but
urlif.Vi An rlfof' cnhcfantial "tistfrp? Tnrlpprl thp nprCnn mncf lilrplv
V ignorant of law and, custom, but positive as to what is right and
just between man 'and man, regardless -of statute,' precedent or es-.
tablished practice: ' '.
The courtroom very likely gets its atmosphere from the law
school. Our law schools are turning out thousands of lawyers, an
nually. ' , How many of them have; been instructed in furtive con1-.
cealmenty surprise, tricky device? How many of them turn away
unworthy clients and unworthyr causes because the legal profes
sion is a highly honorable one since its aim is justice and the right.
How many of them-worship and try to emulate the big attorney who
''fills the- courtroom's atmosphere, with concealments, ambuscades
and trick devices? ' ' ' ' . ,
Is it the atmosphere of the courtroom dr'the atmospheref the
profession that most needs-moral ozqne ;