ONE SCHOOL OF THOUGHT SAYS THAT LAWYERS SHOULD BE ABOVE the fray, maintaining an almost clinical detachment from their cases—that they should be “dispassionate.” I never would have graduated from that school. I’m outraged by the growing element of corporate America that knowingly sells defective products that maim and kill, that creates dangerous blackouts through artificial energy crises, that uses fraudulent tactics to steal retirement benefits from employees, that deploys lobbyists to buy votes and neutralize regulators, and that reduces ethical considerations to a cost-benefit analysis.

Author and filmmaker Michael Moore reported that after he’d produced Roger and Me, his scathing documentary on General Motors, businessmen ...

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