Lawyers as Liars

Over at Slate, editor and former lawyer Michael Kinsley takes a look at the Alito and Roberts confirmation hearings. Noting that in each case that a candidate’s past lawyering suggested (or flatly declared) a personal conviction on a political issue, said candidate weaseled out with the excuse, “I was just saying what it took to land/keep a job.”

Kinlsey weighs the balance between honesty and advocacy, expressing more than just the frustration of some observers at the arguable farce these confirmation hearings have become. It’s a quick and interesting read, though one can’t help but wish Kinsley — or someone — was pointing to a way to fix that whole farce aspect of the confirmation process.

— Brian McDonough

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