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I forget who sent me this quote, but I’ve had it taped near my desk for 15 years or so. After a couple of experiences, I started giving it to clients before their testimonies. It’s really about telling the truth, but even more than that about ensuring the triar of fact that you’re human and with a conscience.
I don’t often post about my work in any respect, but this passage has even more meaning to me during an election season. I take it as an ethical stand, but I wonder if Herbst is right.
“He should have boldly admitted to certain ideas now termed subversive, but were only honestly enlightened and leftish. Instead he took to pure a stand, denied too much, admitted nothing. A jury isn’t made up of lawyers. They sense the truth. You suspect a man who denies everything and is a pinnacle of proper conduct. Admitting smaller things would have validated major denials. Any novelist could have told them that.”
- Josephine Herbst on the Alger Hiss trial