Mr. Franz, I think careers are a 20th Century invention and I don’t want one. You don’t need to worry about me; I have a college education. I’m not destitute. I’m living like this by choice.

It may, after all, be the bad habit of creative talents to invest themselves in pathological extremes that yield remarkable insights but no durable way of life for those who cannot translate their psychic wounds into significant art or thought. THEODORE ROSZAK, “IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS

The courtroom oath–“to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”–is applicable only to witnesses. Defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges don’t take this oath–they couldn’t! Indeed, it is fair to say the American justice system is built on the foundation of not telling the whole truth. It is the job of the defense attorney–especially when representing the guilty–to prevent, by all lawful means, the “whole truth” from coming out.

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