Hypo-Vic, The Conclusion

I feel like I can't really move on to any other real topics until I wrap-up the "Vic the hypocrite" issue.

I think it is really interesting that the comments really run the gamut.

But, overall, I think Arvin hit the nail on the head:

Like your post on vegetarianism, doesn't it depend on WHY Vic wants the prosecution to go easy on his clients when he's the defense attorney?

For example, say he believes in the yin and yang theory. The prosecutor must prosecute, he must defend. Further, if the victim asks the prosecutor not to offer a plea bargain, then the prosecutor shouldn't. As long as Vic doesn't cuss out the prosecution for doing these things when Vic's the defense attorney (and instead recognizes the prosecutor is fulfilling the yang side of the equation), I don't see how it's hypocritical for Vic to ask the prosecutor to prosecute the defendant in this case.

But if Vic instead fights for his clients because he believes everyone deserves a second chance, and he gets mad at the prosecutor for being heartless for not plea bargaining, then yes, I think that would make Vic a hypocrite.

Or, as a third option, if Vic only gets mad when the prosecution won't plea bargain with someone who "clearly" deserves a second chance (and I leave that loosely defined), then it's possible he's not a hypocrite here, because perhaps the defendant in Vic's case isn't one of those. Or he could be, if it's a first-time offender who isn't likely to re-offend.

So really, it all goes back to the core of Vic's belief and actions, and why he's doing what he's doing now. Until one knows that, I don't see how one can decide whether Vic is being hypocritical.


Right on, mysterious Arvin.

Just to provide one more example, I have colleagues who, quite simply, just don't believe in jail. Of course, they believe jails exist, they just don't believe in jail as an appropriate means of punishment or rehabilitation. If one of those colleagues was a crime victim and advocated that the offender go to jail, clearly that's hypocritical. If, however, they advocated that the offender receive a drug program or some other kind of rehabilitation, I don't think that would be hypocritical.

So... I'm glad we covered that.

(As to why Vic isn't too popular in general, I think he just has an off-putting personality, unfortunately for him.)

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