Re "Lawyers control everything" (Letters, Oct. 24): Letter writer Raymond Webber asks when did we lose control to the lawyers? As a member of that profession, let me offer some suggestions.
Perhaps it was 1776 when 24 of 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were lawyers. Or maybe it was 1787 when 32 of the 55 framers of the Constitution were lawyers. How about 1796 when John Adams, a lawyer, was elected President? Of the 44 presidents, 26 have been lawyers.
It seems Mr. Webber is upset about lawyers receiving compensation for their work vindicating civil rights violated by government officials. Perhaps he expects attorneys to work for free? He complains this was a frivolous suit. But jury members, people who probably aren't lawyers and who actually listened to the evidence, decided otherwise.
People elect lawyers and people sit on juries. Who is actually in control?
-- Donald D. deRosier, Carmichael