- The Washington Times - Monday, January 18, 2010


In his review of “Life Without Lawyers: Liberating Americans From Too Much Law,” (Commentary, Tuesday), Sol Schindler joins the multitudes who misunderstand the scope and context of the famous quote from King Henry VI: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”

Mr. Schindler erroneously claims that Shakespeare was “penning a sentiment that had been popular with mankind ever since it had invented lawyers.” Contrary to popular belief, the proposal to kill all lawyers, uttered by Dick the Butcher in the play, was by no means intended to denigrate lawyers or to express broad public sentiment against them.

Much to the contrary, Dick understood that to facilitate the success of a vicious power grab by tyrants, it was important to first eliminate those who know and enforce a system of laws, i.e., the noble practitioners of the legal profession.

Mr. Schindler should “brush up his Shakespeare.”


Silver Spring

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