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Now I want to go to law school to become a lawyer like Mark Rochon (“Street Legal,” 5/1). Most so-called professionals have careers consisting mainly of the glorified pursuit of paychecks. Rochon, however, makes a big difference in the lives of his clients.

The framers of the Constitution accepted that humans sometimes incur moral failures. Since our instinct for survival impels us to try to get away with any wrongdoing, the Constitution gives us the right to not incriminate ourselves. Jefferson even reasoned that “a little rebellion now and then is a good thing.”

Yet few attorneys actually defend the liberty of criminal defendants. Court-appointed attorneys are notorious for pressuring clients to plea-bargain. These attorneys thereby collect paychecks for easy work. Likewise, multitudes of attorneys in civil practice specialize merely in helping clients earn and preserve money. As usual in America, materialism seduces most.

Somehow, defending blue-collar liberty has become politically incorrect. One hopes that the presumption of innocence and the opportunity for rehabilitation can survive. Despite his critics, Rochon sets a higher standard in the legal profession.

Alexandria, Va.

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