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On Defense Attorneys

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It surprises me – I’m not sure that it should – that many of the most principled lawyers I come into contact with do criminal defense. Three links that reminded me of that recently -

Randy E. Barnett, Three Cheers for Lawyers: Don’t think a good defense attorney matters? Think again.

Newsweek: What Really Happened that Night at Duke

From Mark Bennett’s blog, Defending People: Advice to a Young Criminal Trial Lawyer. Suitable for framing.

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  1. Mark Bennett says:

    Luke,

    Thanks for the link. I enjoy the blog — when I took civ pro from Ragazzo, “blog” wasn’t even a word.

    I think that we criminal defense lawyers are principled because we have to be: we’re usually representing people whom the rest of the world has turned its back on, and we’re often doing so for no thanks and too little money. With principles, it’s enough for us to say “I’m doing this because it’s right.”

    You might be interested in David Feige’s book, Indefensible. I posted my initial impressions of it here:

    Mark.

  2. Mark Bennett says:

    The link to my post about Indefensible disappeared. Should have been:
    http://www.bennettandbennett.com/blog/2007/04/indefensible.html

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