That’s not exactly right. Lawyers aren’t put under oath during the trial, but as “officers of the court” they are required to uphold their oath of office. If they lie or mislead they are subject to penalties (including disbarment and jail time). Judges are a little more complicated - usually there’s a commission that investigates corrupt judges. And yes, judges do get removed and lawyers get disbarred.
Working a Louisiana story for my local blog on that very subject.
I think that there has to be some room for debate - and I REALLY don’t think it is a good idea for a defense atty. to be required to “tell the whole truth.”
Yes, but who watches the hen house? They are only beholden to the Bar and who controlls the Bar? Look at how long it took the Duke LX kids to get aquitted of their charges, and how much money was spent by their families defending them against a stacked deck.
I have said it before and will contine to do so. The judicial system in this country has gone from what was intended to be the forum to decide right from wrong. Sadly it has turned into nothing more than a life support system to the barrister class.
As a litigant in a civil case or two, I always wondered what business it was of the court as to how much each side had paid or agreed to pay their attorneys before a judgement is given. It should have no pertinence to the case and it should be a post judgement issue to determine who pays what based from the decision.