I’m so glad the world has David Corn of Mother Jones. Without him, how would we get the most pressing and important information on our Republican Presidential candidates? After all, it’s not everyone who can read Wikipedia and use Google so masterfully.
This week, we learn from our intrepid reporter that not only is Ted Cruz an attorney, but he also once represented clients.
After serving over five years as the state of Texas’ top lawyer, Cruz in 2008 joined the Houston office of the high-powered, international law firm Morgan Lewis to lead its Supreme Court and national appellate practice. He stepped down as a partner in the firm after being elected a US senator in 2012. During his stint at Morgan Lewis, Cruz, who casts himself as a politician who stands on principle, handled several cases that cut against his political stances. He twice worked on cases in New Mexico to secure $50 million-plus jury awards (though, as a politician, he has called for tort reform that would prevent these sorts of awards). He assisted a lawsuit filed by a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder and nearly executed (though, as a politician, he has insisted the criminal justice system functions just fine when it comes to capital punishment). And in one case, he filed a brief supporting President Barack Obama’s stimulus (though, as a politician, Cruz has slammed this Obama initiative).
I write long paragraphs and that is a hell of along paragraph.
Anyway, clearly Ted Cruz is history’s greatest monster because he was occasionally assigned cases where he had to go to court to represent someone to the best of his ability as a lawyer, something literally everyone who graduates law school and goes on to practice law is basically required to do. Every so often, especially in a big firm, where large payouts mean large paydays, you’re asked to represent someone who gets a big jury award. And – and this may be a shocker to David Corn – once in a while you have to represent someone who is guilty, so that they received the full, available protections of the law, thus ensuring that the process remains fair and ethical.
Worse than all this, apparently, is that Ted Cruz also occasionally defended corporations, sometimes even against insurance companies. Of course, not everyone can be a suffering environmental law attorney, tasked with the unenviable job of ushering in the kind of world that Captain Planet would deem acceptable to host his Second Coming, filing amicus brief after amicus brief in Supreme Court cases involving the EPA, on behalf of downtrodden sea lions and marginalized smelt. Sometimes, people with massive student debt bills need to eat. And when they’re good, they even get to charge for their services.
In each case, Cruz was hired to do a job and I daresay that it’s entirely possible that his experience doing that job later informed his legislative priorities.
I’m sure this isn’t the last major scoop we’ve seen on the subject, from Mother Jones or anywhere else. Next thing you know, our award-winning journalistic sleuths will probably discover that Rand Paul was once an eye doctor, and that Carly Fiorina might have had something to do with computers. Heck, I bet they’re even trying to follow up on leads about how Jeb Bush was once governor of America’s most terrifying state. I simply cannot wait to see which of these these hard-hitting stories eventually secure movie rights.
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