All animals are said to be born equal but then there are those to be above the rest. Making attorneys go by the laws that govern us all is something that is not being done well by the Supreme Court, and that line from the novel, 1984, exactly reflects it.
For two times in two years now, the court has voiced out that it is only the Supreme Court which can ratify the rules for those within the legal occupation as laws were not targeted to the practice of law should be governing all and sundry whether or not they are attorneys, and so lawyers are exempt from good government laws within the state constitution even as this has been called very unfair.
It's time for the legislature to act to restrict that power by beginning the process to strip the Supreme Court of its authority to regulate the legal profession in areas not directly related to the operations of the courts, and perhaps even there as well.
Even with congressmen and senators not taking delight in this fight, we must learn how important this is if we are adamant in ending such situation in which lawyers deem themselves with ascendancy over the constitutional rules governing the rest of us.
A year ago, the top judges of the state were able to get rid of a lobbyist disclosure law since those who want to gain power over rules are actually attorneys.
Lawyer lobbyists according to the high court do not need to disclose their lobbying money as well as whom they are lobbying for. As another blow to good government, lately, it was ruled 4 against 3 by the Supreme Court that lawyers are not subject to the state's revolving door law, the one that does not enable many public employees from working on behalf of private sector interests before the agency in where they worked with for a year's span at the very least.
This is all about lessening undue influence on top of eradicating insider information.
Most senators and representatives, while not relishing this hard fight need to help eliminating this situation in which lawyers are more equal than the rest as they are above laws which should be for all. Senate staff in a survey last year found that Pennsylvania is the only state where its top court has sought to exempt attorneys from the ethics laws that are supposed to cover everyone.
We have to reckon this a very valuable topic even in the midst of the Supreme Court institution lobbying or openhandedly setting the revolving door rules for these attorneys. This nation is of equals, supposedly. Hence we cannot have separate laws when it comes to attorneys.
It was a local press organization meeting that the chief justice said in a speech that soon, he expects the court announcing a new set of rules for lawyer lobbyists. Not one thing is cured here however as such rules only would affect lawyers in a territory where the idea is all and sundry is at least in theory, treated uniformly under the land's diktat.
Once the court is stripped of its power, people believe that a constitutional crisis is very likely to arise. The crisis already has started, and it began when overzealous and selfcentered justices decided that common sense rules covering everyone in a given situation could not be imposed on lawyers in instances not directly related to the courts.
If there is no taming possible when it comes to the Supreme Court's actions, then we should all rise up to the challenge of making sure that our principles will be upheld, especially when it comes to the basic tenets of equality under our laws.