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Sunday, June 22, 2014

The main reason that Debo Adegbile is not currently the head of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division is Mumia Abu-Jamal. When Adegbile's nomination came before the Senate in March, he was rejected almost entirely because Adegbile once helped prepare a brief in defense of Abu-Jamal, convicted of murdering a police officer in 1982. In Arkansas, state Supreme Court candidate Tim Cullen faced the political wrath of a law enforcement advocacy group for his 2006 work on an appeal for a man convicted of possessing child pornography. In South Carolina this year, the Republican Governors Association ran the ad below, attacking Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen for having "personally defended dangerous criminals" -- part of his job as a former defense attorney.

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The conservative site Washington Free Beacon has another in that vein: surfacing an audio recording in which Hillary Clinton describes her work as a public defender on behalf of a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl.

"She did no more and no less than an attorney is required to do in her representation of her client," said Steven D. Benjamin, the immediate past president of the National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers when The Post reached him by phone. "Had she failed to do that, she would have been guilty of malpractice and she would have been in violation of the legal profession's ethical rules." Benjamin called attacks on criminal defense attorneys -- particularly on public defenders assigned by the state, as Clinton was -- "grossly unfair."

"Public defenders and court-appointed attorneys are the backbone of the criminal justice system," he said. "Without them, the criminal justice system couldn't function."

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This is why I'll never be the President of the United States. Darn it.

#1 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-06-20 07:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

The right requires hate to sustain themselves. They will always find a scapegoat to vilify and denounce. It's how they operate. It's how they've always operated.

"Us vs. Them" is the core organizing principle of right-wing identity politics. See Also: Sarah Palin's Real America.

See Also Also: Bush's "Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists." www.youtube.com

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-06-20 08:31 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 4

Without ignorance the right would dry up and die but if this thread gets any attention at all we'll probably read some posts by those who actually don't understand the duties of a public defender and who will condemn Hillary for doing her duty as one. I'm thinking Bushlover2.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-21 09:59 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

‘We're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,' - Obama

And I might add, he has....

#4 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-06-21 10:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

If you consider public defenders the enemy, then stop pretending you support rule of law.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-06-21 06:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

This is the same philosophy that "government" hacks have imposed on average citizens who demonstrate or peacefully march in opposition. Eventually the more astute among us will understand fully that a government that opposes the enumerated rights in the Constitution is seditious.

#6 | Posted by Robson at 2014-06-21 08:42 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Resources allocated for Defense Attorneys are dwarfed by Prosecutorial budgets and malfeasance.

#7 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-06-22 11:48 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

There have been enough cases of people confessing to crimes they didm't commit to convince me public defenders are needed.

after all locking up people who've done no wrong is expensive. ;)

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-23 01:01 AM | Reply | Flag:

There are plenty of good reasons to vote against Hillary, and to loathe Democrat objectives in general.

But this incident is not one of them. She did her job.

#9 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-06-23 03:36 AM | Reply | Flag:

Start letting those sovereign citizens and ---------- defend themselves against charges brought by your typical US Attorney and suddenly there will be much more funding sent to public defenders' offices...

#10 | Posted by catdog at 2014-06-23 08:00 AM | Reply | Flag:

Sovereign McVee didn't fair too well.

#11 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-06-23 08:09 AM | Reply | Flag:

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