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Darcy Sherman letter: Critic of the legal system is in error

In response to Dennis Roehrich's letter (Forum, Dec. 19): Roehrich's complaints against the legal community are pointless, inaccurate and strange. First, anyone who believes a judge is out to "get" them has the right to a jury trial. Or maybe the...

In response to Dennis Roehrich's letter (Forum, Dec. 19):

Roehrich's complaints against the legal community are pointless, inaccurate and strange.

First, anyone who believes a judge is out to "get" them has the right to a jury trial. Or maybe the people of Fargo are out to get him, too? We don't really know, since there is no context given for his hatred of lawyers and judges.

If an attorney serves his or her client unethically or incompetently, the client may sue for malpractice. Additionally, each state regulates who may practice law, and the american Bar Association can sanction its members. On top of that, an attorney may be fined or sanctioned by a jury in the course of litigation. Any one of these safeguards would protect Roehrich, if he had an actual complaint, instead of a vague and malicious axe to grind.

Roehrich may believe that actors in the legal system do nothing. I think anyone familiar with the term "desegregation" would find otherwise.

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There is no requirement that federal judges must be attorneys first. There are no requirements, period. Congress has their own informal criteria, preferring those with legal experience; much like a homeowner prefers a plumber with toilet-fixing experience.

If Roehrich wishes to become a Supreme Court justice, the only thing standing in his way is his own glaring incompetence.

Darcy Sherman

Minneapolis

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