Presidential Shysters?

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Presidential Shysters?

Taking the law into their own hands

shy ster [shahy-ster] noun Informal.
1. A lawyer who uses unprofessional or questionable methods.

25 of the 44 U.S. Presidents Have Been Lawyers

    • #2 – John Adams
      • (Harvard, then apprenticed as a lawyer)
    • #3 – Thomas Jefferson
      • (College of William & Mary, then apprenticed as a lawyer)
    • #4 – James Madison
      • (College of New Jersey – now Princeton – then read law)
    • #6 – John Quincy Adams
      • (Harvard, then apprenticed as a lawyer)
    • #7 – Andrew Jackson
      • (self-taught lawyer)
    • #8 – Martin Van Buren
      • (Kinderhook Academy, then apprenticed as a lawyer)
    • #10 – John Tyler
      • (College of William & Mary, then apprenticed as a lawyer)
    • #11 – James Polk
      • (University of North Carolina, then apprenticed as a lawyer)
    • #13 – Millard Fillmore
      • (clerked for and studied under New York Judge Walter Wood)
    • #14 – Franklin Pierce
      • (Bowdoin College, then studied law)
    • #15 – James Buchanan
      • (Dickinson College, then studied law)
    • #16 – Abraham Lincoln
      • (No formal education, a self-taught lawyer)
    • #19 – Rutherford Hayes
      • (Kenyon College, Harvard Law)
    • #21 – Chester Arthur
      • (Union College, then studied law)
    • #22 – Grover Cleveland
      • (apprenticed as a lawyer)
    • #23 – Benjamin Harrison
      • (Miami University in Ohio, then studied law)
    • #25 – William McKinley
      • (Allegheny College, Albany law)
    • #27 – William Howard Taft
      • (Yale, Cincinnati Law)
    • #28 – Woodrow Wilson
      • (College of New Jersey – now Princeton – then UVA Law)
    • #30 – Calvin Coolidge
      • (Amherst, then apprenticed as a lawyer)
    • #32 – Franklin Roosevelt
      • (Harvard, Columbia Law)
    • #37 – Richard Nixon
        • (Whittier College, Duke Law)

      Nixon’s Watergate scandal put a permanent stain of the office of president

      • Not only did he order the break-in at Watergate, but his administration then tried to cover up their illegal actions
      • Nixon refused to answer questions directly or to submit evidence requested during the investigation
      • In lieu of his inevitable impeachment, Nixon became the first and only president to resign from office
    • #38 – Gerald Ford
        • (University of Michigan, Yale Law)

      Ford took the office of president following Nixon’s resignation

      • One of his first actions was to pardon Nixon completely
      • Nixon was released from any obligation to stand trial for the Watergate scandal
      • Going around the law made Ford very unpopular with both the right and the left
    • #42 – Bill Clinton
        • (Georgetown University, Yale Law)

      Clinton did a lot of good during his presidency, but is marked by sexual scandal

      • In court, Clinton denied having a sexual relationship with House intern, Monica Lewinsky
      • After finally admitting to “improper physical relationship”, Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice
      • The impeachment trial was acquitted and charges dropped after 21 days
      • Clinton was also investigated for illegal real estate dealings in Arkansas