Consider that, when needed, the purpose of hiring an excellent trial lawyer isn’t so much to ensure that justice is done as much as it is to ensure that a judge or jury sees things your way and grants you remedy. After all, what you want at the end of the effort is your legal hired gun to know the ins-and-outs of the litigatory milieu and have the moxy and chops to use that knowledge to bring about the desired end (which is to say, your legal victory, not necessarily a smile from Iustitia). You want justice done … as you see it. That’s why you hire a guy who knows how to work the system (the definition of a competent trial lawyer).
Brings us to electing a Constitutional professor and lawyer as president of the United States. What we’re seeing, all these years hence is that a Constitutional scholar and educator isn’t so much the lover of the Constitution itself as he is the smooth operator who knows just how to manipulate it to his (and his constituents’) ends.
Just like a trial lawyer who knows the law enough to make it work for his purposes, but not because he’s a law-ophile, this Constitutional expert knows plenty about his subject… the better to bend it to his wants.
– Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from The Casa)