Okay, so it is no big secret that one particular attorney I know has suffered a major fall from Grace in my eyes. I am referring to the the sociopath's lawyer, not any of mine. Ironically, this man purports himself to be a righteous christian among our small community. He has a solid reputation for being very good at his job, and that much is true.
What is also true is that he frequently represents abusers. With his background being in criminal justice, he is a formidable adversary. I am quite convinced he could persuade a judge of almost any fallacy that a mind could conceive. "My client couldn't have flashed that woman, your honor! His penis is too small to be seen from twenty feet away!"
The courtroom theatrics and expert debating tactics would be entertaining if it were not but for the fact that a child's life is at stake.
How does an dirty attorney win when his client is a nut case, he has no evidence, and no valid legal argument?
The technique I watched him use in my case is known as the “Straw Man Argument.” Basically, it is a bogus strategy built around a lie. This lawyer, who I will call Nimrod, set out to win an impossible case with no evidence and a star witness who couldn't tell the truth if his life depended on it.
The Straw Man Argument
"A straw man argument is a logical fallacy based on misrepresentation of an opponent's position.” - Wikipedia
Nimrod doesn't have a valid argument strong enough to win the case. So, he invents an argument for the opponent's side (which is a lie) that he can defeat. It doesn't matter what the argument is, it just needs to be something he can sell to the judge. Nimrod's argument is a fake, a dummy he creates, hence the name “Straw Man.”
Here is how he sells it in court:
1. Present a misrepresentation of the adversaries position to the court. Refute it and then pretend that the opposing parties actual position has been refuted.
2.Misstate the facts of the case. Misquote the other party so that actual words are construed as something else.
3. Over simplify the adversary's position into one simple theory that can be refuted.
There are other ways that this argument can be used, but these are the three main points. The important thing to point out here is that it is all based on dishonesty. So much for truth and justice for all. Nimrod is good at pretending righteousness, but the truth is that he is as dirty as those he defends.
What truly amazes me is that the judge didn't see it. When the facts of a case don't add up, do you know what you get? Conspiracy and pay off theories that make what may be an honest judge look dirty too. Probably the saddest aspect is that this particular lawyer has been suffering with some serious health issues. If I were in his shoes, I would hate to know that I could be facing my maker with the burden of having to answer for the countless children he has helped hurt. How many millstones will Nimrod carry? Probably a lot.
And everyone who commits an offense against one of these little ones who believe in me, it were profitable for him that a donkey's millstone would be hung around his neck and he be sunk in the depths of the sea.”- Armaic Bible Plain English