News of the brutal killing hit me like a ton of bricks.   

A lawyer was murdered in broad daylight.  He died of multiple gunshot wounds.  He was driving his pick-up truck alone, and while stopping at an intersection, he was gunned down by a stranger who, in all brazenness, did not even cover his face.   I fear such ruthless murder reduces to a mere illusion the protective notion that lawyers are mere advocates, that they are only the mouthpieces of clients.  I now dread the thought of people instinctively looking at a lawyer as complicit with whatever transgression his client is perceived to have committed.  I don’t find any more humor in that Shakespearean line about killing all the lawyers.           

            The lawyer was Richard William Sison. Continue reading