Canadian Mag Says ‘Lawyers Are Rats’; One of Them Dissents


The Aug. 6 issue of Maclean’s, a Canadian magazine, features a cover story that declares “Lawyers Are Rats,” based upon an interview with Philip Slayton, author of a book entitled “Lawyers Gone Bad: Money, Sex and Madness in Canada’s Legal Profession.” James Morton comes to the aid of his profession in the National Post, declaring that the author and article used “isolated cases to tarnish the reputation of a whole class of professionals who, like their fellow Canadians, generally are honest, hard-working and community-minded.”

Morton continued, “Countries where lawyers do not operate freely, such as Zimbabwe, are countries in chaos. ‘The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers,’ declares the treacherous Dick the Butcher in Shakespeare’s ‘Henry VI.’ The comment often is cited as an indictment of lawyers. But taken in context, it shows that the surest path to tyranny is to eliminate the professionals whose job it is to protect and promote freedom and justice.”


Comments are closed.