Many of the lawyers I know truly want to help people because they know people make mistakes. Lawyers try to make sure the punishment fits the crime. However, some clients make it more difficult and sometimes impossible.
Imagine you’re a lawyer. You’ve told your client who was accused of murder the odds of winning, losing, and what would happen if your client loses in front of a jury. Your client decides to take the deal offered by the prosecutor. You show up at court to present your client to the court, and you hope the court will accept the deal offered by the State. You look over and in walks your client. He seemed like a nice enough guy. The court calls your case. Your client stands up, takes off his shirt, and reveals another shirt with the word “KILLER” written on it. It’s the same shirt he wore during the killing. What do you do?
Well, it happened to a lawyer in Ohio. If you showed up in a Roman Court for murder, would you wear something designed to inflame the person who was going to sentence you? If you had been picked up by the Inquisition for being a heretic, would you show up wearing a symbol associated with the black arts?
So what is a lawyer supposed to do in that situation? There’s not much he can do. Most lawyers work hard for their clients. What clients have to do is work hard to help their lawyers. It has to be a team effort...at least it should be.