Partisan judges can create corrupt Oklahoma judicial system

Anarba Groub
The Oklahoma Judicial Center, headquarters of the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Dick the Butcher, King Henry VI, Part II, Act IV, Sc. II.   

This famous line, spoken by a villain in Shakespeare’s play while plotting to overthrow the government of England, has been used against lawyers for centuries. But careful readers note that the line actually speaks to lawyers’ vital role in upholding the rule of law in society. Before committing treason, the conspirators note that they must first silence the community watchdogs. Lawyers and an independent judiciary ensure equal treatment of individuals under the law, ensuring that no individual receives preferential treatment due to their net worth, race, gender or political affiliation. Above the entrance to the Oklahoma County Courthouse is carved an excerpt from Thomas Jefferson’s inaugural address that emphasizes this critical tenet: “Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political.”

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