Magazine article Insight on the News

Clinton, Other Naughty Lawyers Face Day of Reckoning before High Court

Magazine article Insight on the News

Clinton, Other Naughty Lawyers Face Day of Reckoning before High Court

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When the U.S. Supreme Court reconvened Oct. 1, it moved to disbar 18 lawyers -- one of whom was former president Bill Clinton. This was not news as far as liberals at some newspapers were concerned -- they buried the story deep in their back pages. Conservatives at the Wall Street Journal had to report the story on its editorial pages. The New York Times hid the story on page 22.

Of course, a Clinton disbarment is not entirely news, as he previously was stripped of his rights to practice in his home state of Arkansas back in April. So the liberals picked up the spin of Clinton's private attorney, David Kendall, that the event wasn't all that newsworthy. "This suspension is simply a consequence of the voluntary settlement entered into last January with the Arkansas bar," Kendall said in reference to a last-minute plea bargain Clinton struck with independent counsel Robert Ray.

Clinton, of course, isn't the first former president to be disbarred. Richard Nixon lost his right to practice in New York state in 1976. He already had resigned from the California and Supreme Court bars, but the New York bar refused to accept his resignation, preferring instead to disbar him formally. …

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