They make it appear as if attorneys really care about the law, about ethics, about justice, about truth. They don’t. They care about winning. It’s no different than what Vince Lombardi said: “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” And the sooner they win (it doesn’t matter which side, the prosecution or defense), the sooner they get out of the courthouse. That’s desirable.
In most cities, a courthouse is the last space that anyone would want to spend time. It’s run down, dirty, noisy, filled with people you don’t really want to be with, and brimming with anger — a lawsuit’s most common denominator. Rationality goes out the window… even though most courtrooms don’t have one.
It is, perhaps, conceivable that lawyers merely mirror their clients’ aggressions and desires for revenge. People seek out lawyers, after all, when they can’t get satisfaction on their own. They’re annoyed, irritated, and frustrated all at once so they go to attorneys as the only alternative to putting out a hit on an adversary or physically hurting the opponent themselves. It’s the difference between wanting someone dead, actually killing them, or maiming them financially.
To accomplish this, attorneys have to turn to things like quashing any negative testimony, having witnesses declared to be irrelevant, and buying an expert’s opinion — if the expert’s point of view supports their client’s case… even if that POV is absolute rubbish. That’s not training that requires years in law school. Those are qualities that anyone can find in the average grifter.
The people who are best at this are paid the most and work for anyone who can afford them. And that explains the legal team defending Donald Trump.