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November 2006 , Page 4 

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Protecting the Three-Legged Stool

By Martin S. Pinales

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“A stable platform on which to govern was given to us by our founding fathers. They gave us a three-legged stool, whose legs represent the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. If we cut down or weaken one of the legs, our system of government will fall.”

— Chief Judge James Carr
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Two thousand years ago, Roman author and philosopher Cicero said that people decide far more problems by hate, love, lust, rage, sorrow, joy, hope, fear, illusion or some other inward emotion, rather than by reality, authority, legal standard, judicial precedent or statute. As long as men and women propose and pass laws based on emotion, we will need to ensure that there are sufficient checks and balances to protect individual liberty from the might and whim of those in power.

Sometimes the practice of law can seem like a war. Lawyers fight for their clients; the weapons used are evidence, law, and the truth. If our legal sys

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