Monday, November 05, 2007
Plainclothes policemen beat a lawyer outside provincial High Courts in Lahore November 5, 2007.
REUTERS/Mohsin Raza (PAKISTAN)
Reuters - Mon Nov 5, 7:02 AM ET
Greetings, dear readers… Hello? Helloooo?
Ok, greetings to nobody in particular. It is I, the shark, finally returned from my long blog-hibernation. Indeed, I needed a rest to gather my wits, heal my poor fin and accumulate oddities for your digestion.
So, with no further delay, I explain to you why I have posted the delightfully distressing photo above. It was posted earlier today on Yahoo, obviously, to show us that Pervez Musharraf believes in the Shakespeare method of keeping control of his country (kill all the lawyers…get it?)
Not so funny, right? What is funny, though, is the mental image I conjured up of thousands of lawyers in the United States coming together to protest something they collectively believe in. First off, there would be at least two issues being protested because there is NO WAY thousands of lawyers are going to collectively agree. The media will inevitably ask protesters which cause of the two is more important, and they will surely answer, “Well, it depends.”
It would be a melting pot protest: there would be men and women of every size, shape and color. It would have significant problems though. For example, city attorneys would arrive late because they had been mired in making sure that protesters had the right permits to march. Partners in big law firms wouldn’t let the associates participate because it would cut into their billable hours translating a loss of almighty dollars for the firm. Of course, that’s assuming the associates could get past their exhaustion and glassy-eyed depression to actually want to participate. Then, all the signs and banners would be nearly illegible because underneath the slogans would be tons of disclaimers in the form of fine print legalese. The ambulance chasers and the corporate attorneys (yes, as in yours truly), would be more of a hindrance than a help. The AC’s would be handing out their cards to curious passersby hoping to drum up new business, and the corporates would just run amok since someone actually let them out of their offices. The District Attorneys would ruin the fun for everyone by handing out subpoenas to any protestor who violated the myriad ordinances such as keeping noise levels low and staying on the sidewalks.
Perhaps I’m being cynical, but it would never happen, right? But, boy if it did… that would be a vision for the ages!