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Critics say draconian drug laws held over from the Eighties pack prisons, force plea deals, and hit one errant lawyer harder than the dealers he defended

Judge Seitz said that she was imposing a sentence at the low end of the spectrum to lessen the impact on Elso's children, but remained firm. Attorneys had to be held to a higher standard than others, she said, because if they weren't, the U.S. justice system, indeed American democracy, could be corrupted. "The license to practice law is a privilege, but with that privilege comes enormous responsibilities," she declared. "I look to lawyers to truly be the best, the role models, the leaders who are looking out for the public good."

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