They May Be At The Gate, But Lawyers Are Not Gatekeepers

In the sixth century BCE, the king of Clusium (a city in Tuscany) attacked Rome.  A one-eyed junior officer, Publius Horatius Cocles, took up the task of defending a key bridge, the Pons Sublicius, when his more senior officers were casting about in confusion.  Centuries later, the English historian, politician and poet Thomas Babington MaCaulay immortalized Horatius’ valiant actions in