What are your thoughts on a person who has worked hard to earn a law license; who then, down the road faced multiple felony charges against them? Should they be able to retain their law license, while the legal process weaves itself through the system, if they agree to some kind of a deal with a prosecutor?
I mean, i am not in any way associated with the legal system, but the way i understand it; lawyers are officers of the court. As officers of the court, aren’t they obligated to uphold the law? I thought as officers of the court they were held to a higher standard of behavior or conduct. If they do in fact violate the law, should they then be allowed to practice the law in the future or should they be disbarred? Would anyone actually use the services of a lawyer who had been charged with multiple felonies, even if they were not prosecuted because they accepted a deal instead of being convicted?
I ask, because there is some speculation that behind the scenes wrangling, in Michigan of the Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick case, in some reporting or comments that i have read are suggesting that he may be holding out on making some kind of deal; that would allow him to keep his law license and maybe even avoid jail time.
I don’t know if that is possible with 10 felony charges against him at the moment; although, i read that there was a plea deal offered to him and his legal team last week friday. The offer was, to have one of the felony assault charges against him dropped; if, he were to agree to resign before Sept 3. So far, no resignation has been announced; although, there has been plenty of pressure applied by a variety of people through the media. This whole political mess is making history…but, it is a sad history for the state Michigan and for the future of one of the largest cities in Michigan.
For those readers who have not been following this case, Sept 3 is when Govenor Jennifer Granholm will be conducting a hearing on whether Mayor Kilpatrick should be removed from his position for misconduct. What do you think on this issue?