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Bad Guys' Lawyers

David1735 Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 12:45 PM
I would have a very tough time being a defense attorney. If I knew my client was guilty, I could not work to set him free. When I was trying to find a subject for my MPA thesis I came across an interesting article in one of the journals I was exploring: Constitutional protections concerning evidence, self-incrimination, and some other legal protections we give to all defendants were intended to protect the INNOCENT, but they were NOT intended to protect the guilty. It was an interesting article.

Lawyers representing three of the men charged in the New Delhi gang rape case said last week that they would enter pleas of not guilty on their clients' behalf. In most criminal prosecutions, that would be unremarkable. But the lawyers who stepped forward to represent the suspects in this case did so in the face of emotional protests by fellow attorneys, many of whom insisted that no one should defend those accused of such a terrible crime.

"There was a good response from the members, and they will not represent," the president of the local bar association had...