Are lawyers useful?

How many lawyers does it take to submit a guilty plea?

No, this isn't the beginning of a joke. The question is inspired by recent arguments in front of the Supreme Court. This week Dahlia Lithwick talks about how The Supreme Court ponders the usefulness of lawyers. The Justices seem to concur that the answer to the above question is: zero. The discussion is interesting, and I'm at least glad to see there is a limit to the unfortunate trend of us legislating common sense and abdicating personal responsibility.

I also think it's interesting the unusual paths down which the Supreme Court travels as they clarify and interpret the law.

Posted: Wed - January 21, 2004 at 09:16 PM