Law: Healthy Oath

Shyster lawyers propped unshined shoes on dirty desks and snickered. At Justice Joseph M. Proskauer of the New York Supreme Court* their giggles were aimed.

He had suggested at the Bar Association that lawyers fortify their ethics.

In deep carpeted downtown offices majestic attorneys reading Justice Proskauer's suggestion went into conference with their consciences. A lawyer is retained to win cases for his clients. Many a potent legal mind has found fame and money in acquittals for clients of whose guilt he must have been morally assured.

Fame and money thus won and...

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