“How does a lawyer sleep?”
“—First he lies on one side and then on the other.”
Ugh what an unfunny joke, you say. Well we non-lawyers have to vent our feelings about lawyers somehow.
Actually there’s at least one lawyer who conquers the layman’s cynicism about the profession. He isn’t an American or even a real person. He is Rumpole of the Bailey, the creation of the late British writer John Mortimer. A new audiobook edition of Rumpole is out, with the wonderful actor Tony Britton reading the stories in Mortimer’s 2001 collection, Rumpole Rests His Case.