New John Stossel segment: “The Trouble With Lawyers”

by Walter Olson on July 10, 2010

The Fox Business host has an all new segment on a topic he’s visited before. Air times:

— Fri., Jul. 9, 10 p.m. EST
— Sat., Jul. 10, 9 p.m. & midnight EST
— Sun,. Jul. 11, 10 p.m. EST

And here’s a web-only supplement to the show.

{ 3 comments }

1 Ron Coleman 07.10.10 at 10:46 pm

Generalizing about “lawyers” is about as useful as generalizing about “journalists.”

2 Jeff 07.18.10 at 6:17 pm

I’ve never understood the animosity that is directed at lawyers. It isn’t lawyers, it’s people. Generally speaking, lawyers are approached by PEOPLE who demand representation in a lawsuit. They then take their case before juries – hordes of anywhere between 6 and 12 everyday people who agree or disagree with the person’s decision to sue.

People who whine about tort reform always seem to forget that everyday people are the ones who are awarding verdicts. If they’ve got a problem with the judicial system, the problem is more likely in themselves than in the lawyers who represent the plaintiffs.

3 Ted Frank 07.19.10 at 12:43 am

“People who whine about tort reform always seem to forget that everyday people are the ones who are awarding verdicts.”

Nearly every runaway jury verdict is the result of judges permitting attorneys to run amok with emotionally prejudicial arguments, or with junk evidence or legal theories. Not to mention the fact that the voir dire process often serves to prevent “everyday people” from being on the jury in the first place.

The animosity towards lawyers reflects that it’s lawyers who encourage and profit from the abuse of the judicial system; seek to aggrandize their role in society with regulation-through-litigation; and successfully lobby legislatures for laws that transfer wealth from productive sectors of society to lawyers. Are all lawyers guilty of this? Of course not; heck, I’m a lawyer myself. But the legal profession as a whole has certainly resisted self-policing.

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