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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 10, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 9

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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS 1
BY N. D. COCHRAN
Lawyers and Judges. I have the
following letter from "A Constant
Reader." By the way, I wish cor
respondents would always send their
real names. If they don't want the
names published they can say so and
I will respect their confidence, of
course. But I like to know who I
am in communication with. Here
is the letter:
"You . answered Mangasarian's
question relative to the Belgians and
the Pope, which was very apt The
question I am desirous of having
your opinion on is: In the interest
of real justice, do you think judges
should be elected to office by mem
bers of the bar?"
I do not The legal profession, in
my opinion, has degenerated so
badly that I wouldn't trust it to pick
judges. As a rule, the most influen
tial members of bar associations are
the big corporation lawyers, and
they are the criminal lawyers of to
day. I think some of them are .also
lawyer criminals as well as criminal
lawyers.
They affect to despise the criminal
lawyer who defends petty or retail
thieves, but much of the work of
corporation lawyers during the past
twenty years has been to show our
captains of industry and some whole
sale thieves how to skin the publio
and still keep out of prison which
is exactly what the criminal lawyers
are trying to do for their clients.
There are exceptions to all rules,
but my opinion is that most lawyers
are for sale to the highest bjdder.
Very few lawyers are good citizens.
To be too public-spirited would inter
fere with their money-making.
In the days when judges were
traveling" with their pocket full of
railroad passes, the passes were given
to them through the general counsel
of the railroad. Of course, the rail
roads were not giving passes to
judges for the mere fun of the thing. 1
Their lawyers had to practice law
before those judges. And part of
their business was to help pick the
judges through their political con
nections. It -would be expecting too
much of weak human nature to
expect them to pick judges who
would not "stand by their friends."
I have known firms of corporation
lawyers who gob big-paying business
because they were supposed to stand
in with certain judges and they
were supposed to stand in because
of their influence in bringing about
the nomination and election of these
judges.
In judicial districts about the coun
try you will find Republican corpor
ation lawyers very influential in
making party nomination in Repub
lican judicial distrcts, and Democratic
corporation lawyers just as active in
Democratic judicial districts. The
political lawyers in the majority
party generally have a working rela
tion with corporation lawyers who
are active in controlling minority
nominations.
By controlling the nominations of
6oth parties they can't lose.
Lawyers are human. Like most
everybody else they are out for the
dough. Influence with-a judge is an
asset It helps get business. Tha
money-making lawyers are the cor
poration lawyers. They generally
have about them a herd of young
lawyers who get the handouts small
cases the big fellows don't care to
monkey with. So their influence ex
tends through the bar associations.
. I might give other reasons, but
these are enough to make me oppose
nomination of judges by lawyers,
who make their living practicing be
fore judges.
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UNCONSCIOUS HU.VOR
Sleeping Cars.
Rapid Transit
Artistic Haircutting.
Painless Dentistry.
Refined Vaudeville.
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