One thing disgraced politicians have in common—other than being horrendous decision makers—is their law degree. So, thanks to men like Blajogevich, John Edwards, and Kwame Kilpatrick, we thought it was time to reflect. We know these guys are sleazeballs, but are they the sleaziest lawyers of all time? Perhaps not. Here’s a look back at some of history’s biggest disgraces.
John Dean, former White House Counsel to Nixon. He became deeply involved in events leading up to the Watergate burglaries and the subsequent cover up. He was referred to as the “master manipulator of the cover up” by the (FBI). He pleaded guilty to a single felony count in exchange for becoming a key witness for the prosecution. He was disbarred, but later became a respected commentator and author. We could have put many Nixon cronies on this list—Erlichman, Liddy, and even tricky Dick himself—but we put Mr. Dean here because, hilariously enough, he has the gall to currently teach an ethics course! But it’s not just any course. It’s about Watergate and is certified by the Illinois Supreme Court as part of the 24 hours of continuing legal education that Illinois lawyers must take every two years. We imagine it could be summed up by saying “do as I say, not as I did.”