To The Editor:
At most state courthouses in Connecticut, members of the bar are afforded special treatment and permitted to pass members of the public, including potential and seated jurors, waiting to gain entrance and pass through security.
In Stamford, many lawyers routinely walk past the public without even making eye contact, slip in the same glass door or use the glass door immediately adjacent to the public entrance and then slither to the front of the line to reach the security station with the X-ray machine where they deposit a briefcase and pass on through.
Cutting a line is so obnoxious. Name one place where you don’t mind it if someone cuts a line in which you have been standing. It doesn’t matter whether it’s at the deli, the donut shop or the tire store. In the winter, that anger is compounded with the frustration of standing in line outside of the courthouse and then having to wind your way through the unheated foyer. If you’re a juror or a potential juror, you might get a chance to get even.
Don’t we already have a big enough problem with the public’s perception of the legal profession? We shouldn’t fan the flames, and if we look at the issue on a purely selfish basis, we certainly shouldn’t ever risk alienating members of the public who may sit on our juries today or tomorrow.
Cutting in line is just so rude and as a profession we should stop. If we are so myopic that we don’t see how offensive it is, perhaps the judicial department will recognize this great offense to the public and stop the practice for us (perhaps with an exception for the lawyers trying to enter the courthouse with a heavy trial load of boxes and exhibits. A problem that the marshals should be alerted to and handle with an explanation).
Sure it will mean some wasted time. Get there earlier. Please, let’s stop demeaning the public for our own convenience.
Stewart M. Casper, Esq.
Casper & de Toledo