On this day in 1793, Louis XVI was beheaded, guillotined.
We never really hear about Louis’ trial let alone his lawyers.
Who were they? Who were the men who stepped forward to represent Louis as he was “suspended beneath the blade of the law“?
Who were the three lawyers who stepped forward to manifest the responsibility of a lawyer to his client and by doing so, put their own lives at risk?
Who were the three lawyers who took very seriously the ethics of advocacy?
I did a bit of basic research to find out some of these things about which I spoke more fully here in July 2016. Excerpt:
WHAT ABOUT LOUIS XVI’s THREE LAWYERS? And What about the Ethics of Advocacy?
The three advocates vigorously prepared the case for Louis. They defended the King despite …. This was …. it was …. ethical advocacy.
What am I talking about when, as …. we act ethically?
Whenever a person is at the mercy of the state facing a criminal charge …. prepared to step up …. for the ideals …. for things like freedom from …. regardless of the lawyers’ personal ….
The ethics of the legal profession always trump a lawyer’s
As advocates we are professionally …. the client with ardour in presenting his side of the case. The state sustains …. regarding guilt.
St. Thomas Aquinas warned that the moral theologian “has to consider the circumstances” of a human act before …. defence lawyer does.
The adversarial system …. justice, the rules of …. the trial advocate works. Any look …. ethics of legal advocacy must …. ethics and code of conduct. We act by ….
The need for skilled …. is an accepted and fundamental part …. in Australia as it is in ….
Such were the three men who defended Louis XVI …. who came forward …. put themselves at risk.
That’s what we do as criminal ….
Under the circumstances one would regard Louis XVI’s lawyers’ ….