Seoulless wrote:sublime wrote:Seoulless wrote:My point is "I'm just doing my job" is not an excuse for asshole behavior and it's known as a the Eichmann defense. It applies to scamming students into attending bad law schools all the way up to genocide.
Keep that in mind when you enter practice.
You actually make a great point as the Eichmann excuse is a favorite amongst the most despicable of the legal practice: those losers who serve as *enthusiastic* defense attorneys for murderers and rapists.
"well, it's not a pretty job, but that's how it as and I am doing it to the best of my ability. Our system demands that someone do this job, and I am happy to be that spoke in the wheel."
Dude. That's so not what defense attorneys mean. And yes, the despicable people deserve a defense, too. No one says you have to want to do the job but it's the very foundation of our criminal justice system. No one - not even defense attorneys - is enthusiastic about putting creeps back on the street, they're enthusiastic about holding the government to its burden, even - or especially - when it's people that the average joe would be happy to stone to death, because that's when it matters most.
And seriously, defense attorneys doing their job isn't an Eichmann defense, unless you think the very concept of defense attorneys is wrong, in which case you're an idiot who doesn't understand our legal system.