Medical practitioners used to take a Hippocratic Oath, affirming their obligation to do the right thing by their patients. Do/should members of the legal profession make a similar promise to respect the rule of law and honour the freedoms enshrined in the Magna Carta? If medics transgress, their professional body may de-register them.
What can be done about lawyers?
Even though they could easily do so, it is plain that Howard, Downer and Ruddock (lawyers all) have decided not to rescue David Hicks from the most appalling injustice. John Howard, completely ignoring the presumption of innocence, declared a few days ago that Hicks was guilty of several serious crimes.
Leading members of the legal profession have indicated strong disapproval on both counts.
Surely the Law Society (or whoever) should take even stronger action and actually disbar these three lawyers who have abandoned the rule of law and disgraced their profession and their nation. They have big egos and plainly believe they are above the law; indeed they make it; however the humiliation of an actual disbarment might make them realise the level of disapproval and perhaps even reconsider the position they have taken.
John Daly (Canberra Times letter)