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Lawyers Criticized as Social Evil by Louis Farrakhan

Updated on October 11, 2015

Legal Fees Hurt Poor People

Lawyers fell under criticism as one of the nation’s social evils during the “Justice or Else” rally on the National Capital Mall Oct. 10, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

The rally commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March on Washington.

Like the rally 20 years ago, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan was the keynote speaker.

Once again, he spoke about injustices against poor people, according to a report by The Legal Forum (www.legal-forum.net).

One of them he mentioned was the high fees collected by lawyers, such as the contingency fees in wrongful death lawsuits. He referred to them as “bad lawyers who want a third of the money from people who are killed.”

He also spoke about the need for prison reform and injustices of “mass incarcerations,” which he said unfairly fall upon racial minorities.

Farrakhan asked for “10,000 fearless black men” to help address social injustices.

“I want 10,000 names that we can train ’cause we got to stand between the guns,” he said.
He spoke on the steps of the U.S. Capitol while a crowd numbering in the tens of thousands stretched across the Mall toward the Washington monument.

He referred to the Capitol building when he said, “$3.3 billion in the last few years has been paid by lobbyists to this house,” he said. “Well, what are they lobbying for? Laws that may not be in the best interest of the people. How then can you look in the mirror at yourself, when you are a bought-and-paid-for whore? And then what do you get for being a whore?”

Legal Fees Are Too High

Religious leader Louis Farrakhan criticizes lawyers who collect high fees from poor people.
Religious leader Louis Farrakhan criticizes lawyers who collect high fees from poor people.

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      tramstack 22 months ago

      I think part of the answer might lie with broader use of mediation and arbitration but it's only a partial answer. The other problems are so deeply rooted in the high finances of the legal profession that it might require some fundamental changes. Unfortunately, I don't have a better answer. Do you?

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      bradmasterOCcal 22 months ago from Orange County California

      Tom

      That is certainly one of the problems caused by high prices. In the law, it is an adversary system when it is criminal or civil law, and the one with the most money usually wins. This is especially true in civil cases, unless the decisions teaches a lesson to a big corporation.

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      Tom Ramstack 22 months ago from Washington, D.C.

      I think legal fees sometimes create crime by shutting out low-income people from access to getting their complaints resolved. As a result, they resort to self-help to resolve disputes, sometimes by illegal methods.

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      bradmasterOCcal 22 months ago from Orange County California

      I agree with Louis, and also that lawyers don't even guarantee their work. The charge the same whether they win or lose the case. Once exception is the contingency fee for Torts.