It's a common topic of conversation in the first year of law school. Why would revolutionaries want to kill the lawyers? Was the line just for a laugh? Or did it reflect a belief that lawyers played an important role in maintaining the rule of law and were therefore an obstacle to revolutionaries?
I prefer the laugh theory, but it seems less funny today.
Over the weekend, one lawyer and his notary were shot to death in Quebec by a client who it seems may have subsequently committed a double murder suicide. In Winnipeg, one lawyer has lost a hand to a mail bomb, more bombs were found in lawyers offices, and others may still be out there. The man accused of planting them is believed to be attacking lawyers involved in his divorce.
One lawyer dead and another nearly so in the same weekend. Dick Butcher would be pleased. Note that Cade agreed with Dick Butcher, and evidently for reasons similar to those of the perpetrators this weekend: some legal dealing that had gone badly for him.
"... for I did but seal once to a thing, and I was never mine own man since."
No words of wisdom, here. Just sadness. Stay safe, colleagues.