One in three of the people walking the streets in Washington DC could be lawyers now. Is there such a thing as too much justice? And perhaps more to the point: now that everyone talks like a lawyer, where's the jury?


You got to be kidding me. One in three in DC are lawyers?

A survey in 2008 reported that 1 in 8 of the people you meet in Washington DC are attorneys. True, the ABA reports there's only 53,000 attorneys resident in DC. Out of a population of 630,000, that's only one in 12. But there's a wrinkle. Most DC attorneys do not live in DC itself, but have large houses in the suburbs instead. The 2008 survey estimated between 80,000 and 100,000 attorneys working in Washington DC, since when, there has been a 15% annual rise in members of the bar, compared to a 2.9% annual increase in population. That means, in 2019, one in three of the people walking the streets of USA's capitol are lawyers...and that's only a conservative estimate.

So there are now twice as many lawyers in DC than in any entire European country. Is there such a thing as too much justice? Or perhaps more importantly, who is left to be a juror when everyone is trying so hard to be a prosecuting attorney, even those that aren't? And the situation becomes continually more absurd, because people now commonly think, in the absence of better education, that lawyers solve moral problems, rather than create more of them.

Infatuation with legal concepts, but no understanding of law

US citizens are infatuated with the concept of justice, but continually make ludicrous statements about it, ranging assertions about impeachment, to rights to bear arms, to immigration, to just about everything else. For example:

  • Most US citizens think an impeachment is a trial, rather than a political vote decided by congress and senate majority. Maybe in some distant fairy land, a two thirds majority of politicians can decide the truth, but it's certainly not true in the democracy that Aristotle described 2,300 years ago, and it 's not become any more true since.
  • Second-amendment supporters say that guns do not kill people, people kill people, therefore, they have a right to kill too. Somehow that became a logical deduction based on judicial rights. I'm not quite sure how, but that's what happened.
Every person in the USA talks like an expert in what's right and wrong (as described in these books for federal law only, and revised every six years).

When King Solomon said to cut a baby in half, it was not a punishment. He said it to find out the baby's real mother. That was considered wisdom. But somehow the ruling itself has become a precedent. Now the USA is splitting immigration families in half. How on earth could anyone ever believe such an action could seriously solve a problem? But that's what's happening in the USA right now.

Too many prosecutors, too few jurors

If one insists on solving moral issues with a legal paradigm, then please do so properly. Continually ignored is the blaring fact that the prosecutor and defendant do not define a verdict. That is the role of judge or jury in law, who are meant to discern truth, rather than attack opposing views.

Arguing like a prosecutor just turns your own political dogma into a covert religion.

For those deciding the truth of fact, it is a matter of balancing facts pro and con, rather than spouting rhetoric advocating one side. In the real world, rather than the fantasy almost everyone seems to live in these days, attorneys do not even pretend they are speaking the truth. They are hired to advocate an opinion. But with so many attorneys stating opinions so much like fact, that obvious truth has somehow been lost.

If you speak like a prosecutor, you should not be surprised if people respond as defendants and don't believe you are right. If you want to know real justice, it's time to stop talking like a prosecutor, and start thinking like a juror. Until then, you are just adding to the problem, not resolving it, because that is exactly the role of prosecutors and defendants in a court of law.