Plagiarizing the plaintive cry of Martial, I could say that there was a time when criminals and lawyers were kept more or less safely immured within the confines of politics or the judicial system, and if a citizen lived honestly and kept his nose clean, he could go about his business and despise them both. But times have changed. Lawyers are popping up like dandelions everywhere you look on television, and consequently, the Jurist Effect is wreaking havoc on society.
The Jurist Effect is measured by a number called the venerability factor. Whenever the Jurists Effect is present, venerability takes a beating. For those who aren't familiar with the mathematics of it, the venerability factor of any human enterprise varies as the negative log of the proportionate mass of lawyers involved. In law, of course, the proportion is nearly unity, and the venerability factor approaches zero. Organized crime has a lower proportion of lawyers involved; thus it rates higher in respectability in the public mind. On the other hand, Congress, which has a higher ratio than organized crime, but a lower ratio than the legal profession as a whole, falls somewhere in between.
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