Just to demonstrate how much words really matter (something the Left really, really, understands) we have this story.
...Assistant District Attorney General Tammy J. Rettig noted with
alarm that "it has become commonplace during trials for attorneys
for defendants, and especially Mr. [Drew] Justice [the defendant's
lawyer], to refer to State's attorneys as 'the Government'
repeatedly during trial." Rettig worried that "such a reference is
used in a derogatory way and is meant to make the State's attorneys
seem oppressive and to inflame the jury."...
Hmmmmm. She has a point. "The Government" has negative connotations, to say the least. And that has a rational foundation when one looks at EPA, DHS, DoEducation, or DoEnergy. Also see Holder, Eric.
Well, the defense attorney had a counter-proposition.
...the Defendant no longer wants to be called "the
Defendant." This rather archaic term of art, obviously has a fairly
negative connotation. It unfairly demeans, and dehumanizes Mr.
Donald Powell. The word "defendant" should be banned. At trial, Mr.
Powell hereby demands be addressed only by his full name, preceded
by the title "Mister." Alternatively, he may be called simply "the
...defense counsel does not wish to be referred to as a
"lawyer," or a "defense attorney." Those terms are substantially
more prejudicial than probative....Rather, counsel for the Citizen
Accused should be referred to primarily as the "Defender of the
Innocent." This title seems particularly appropriate, because every
Citizen Accused is presumed innocent....
...Along these same lines, even the term "defense" does not sound
very likeable. The whole idea of being defensive, comes across to
most people as suspicious. So to prevent the jury from being
unfairly misled by this ancient English terminology, the opposition
to the Plaintiff hereby names itself "the Resistance."
Mark this post, folks. You'll need those terms in the next few years.
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