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To the Editor of the CRIMSON:
The Democratic nominee has been accused of personal dishonesty, because he accepted employment under a great corporation as consulting attorney. If Mr. Davis believes that a concern such as Morgan & Co. is a menace to our country, could be conscientiously agree to defend its interests for a consideration?
The case is similar to that of the criminal lawyer who sells his services to those whom he believes to be guilty. Many men, like Lincoln, rebel at defending such cases. Yet the Constitution provides that an accused man shall be allowed a fair trial and defense by a competent attorney.
The lawyer perhaps might be regarded in the same light as a dealer, offering his goods for sale. The dealer is under no obligation to inquire into the character of his customer, but furnishes his goods to all buyers without discrimination. A doctor regards himself as under obligation to treat anyone who may call upon him, although he may may know that his patient deserves to be sick and will probably be as mean as ever when he gets well. In other words, the business man and the doctor exercise their callings in a more or less impersonal way, considering themselves bound to disregard their private inclinations in purely professional matters. This is really necessary in order that the machinery of the world may run smoothly and all transactions carried on with maximum efficiency.
Now, if a guilty man chooses to exercise his constitutional right to employ legal counsel, would a lawyer, in his professional capacity, be justified in refusing his services? Rather, in granting them, might he not be serving the cause of justice equally with the attorney for the prosecution, since justice requires that the accused man be permitted a fair trial." The case is something like that of a debater who for purposes of discussion? supports a proposition that he disbelieves. Thus both sides of the question are ably presented, so that a fair-minded audience can arrive at a just decision.
Surely one would have no scruples about accepting a position as office boy or stenographer under Morgan & Company; why then the position of consulting attorney? JAMKS W. GOULD '22.
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