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Lawyer bashing – the latest twist

The long history of lawyer bashing both precedes and exceeds the traitor Jack Cade’s henchman, Dick the Butcher, and his cry to eliminate those who may prevent Cade from overthrowing the king and assuming the throne. Just after the line is spoken, Dick and his allies kick off their plan by murdering the county clerk. Most scholars agree that Shakespeare’s actual intent was “to portray lawyers as the guardians of the rule of law who stand in the way of a fanatical mob.”