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Are you tone-deaf? And no, we’re not asking if you can carry a tune. We want to know if you are tone-deaf to your attacks on the American legal system.

We are sure over the last few years you have recoiled on at least a few occasions when politicians (no one in particular, of course) or television talking heads have criticized our country’s legal system. Whether it is attacking judges as biased or accusing career government lawyers and investigators of making politically motivated decisions, we’re sure you have felt or perhaps even said out loud that these attacks on the American legal system are a threat to our democracy or, at least, unbecoming of our country’s leaders.

But what about when you attack people within our legal system? When was the last time you told your client or a colleague that the judge assigned to your case was a “good draw” because of the political party of the politician who appointed her? How about the last time you told your client that your opponent was “totally unreasonable”? Or that your opponent’s argument was “frivolous?” To be sure, there is a substantive difference between calling your judge a good draw or your opponent unreasonable and outright accusing a judge, prosecutor or investigator of corruption or bias, particularly politically motivated bias. Nevertheless, in their own way, each is an attack on the credibility of our legal system.

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