View Poll Results: What is your opinion of criminal defense attorneys?

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  • Somewhat favorable

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    1 5.26%
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Thread: Republicans & conservatives: Please respond!

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    Republicans & conservatives: Please respond!

    I'm having an argument in another thread regarding republican/conservative attitude of criminal defense attorneys. My generalization (and YES, I acknowledge it is strictly a generalization) is that republicans and/or conservatives generally do not hold a favorable opinion of criminal defense attorneys.

    What is your opinion? I realize this is an extremely subjective poll with so many unknown variables, but again, this is strictly a generalization.

    Please, for research purposes, I want to ask that democrats/liberals, libertarians, and independents (unless you consider yourself politically conservative) to refrain from voting in this poll.
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    Re: Republicans & conservatives: Please respond!

    Everybody loves to hate on criminal defense attorneys.... until they need one.

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    Re: Republicans & conservatives: Please respond!

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Everybody loves to hate on criminal defense attorneys.... until they need one.
    I've heard, "everybody despises a lawyer until they need one." The phrase is not, in my observation, limited to criminal defense.

    This poll, on the other hand, is limited to criminal law.

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    Re: Republicans & conservatives: Please respond!

    Well, I'll give you my firsthand experience.

    A certain fellow was one of the best attorneys in my home county. He did a lot of things, but his particular specialty was criminal defense.

    My best friend was murdered in a robbery at his business, at the mere age of 24. The att'y in question had previously served his mother in a long drawn-out case involving her late husband's property. He came to her and told her that he hoped she would understand that he had to do his utmost for the defendent and hoped she would not hate him for it.

    Well, he certainly did a very skillful job of trying to cast doubt, question evidence, and otherwise find any loophole that would save his client, but to no avail; the murderer was sentenced to die and eventually executed.

    The bereaved mother has never spoken to him again, to my knowlege.... in acting in the murderer's defense he said things that she considered to be hurtful lies and dishonest trickery and she did indeed hate him for it.

    I can see both sides. Every accused person is entitled to a competent defense.... but this particular attorney didn't HAVE to be the one that took this particular case. That six-figure payday seduced him.

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    Re: Republicans & conservatives: Please respond!

    Goshin pretty much said it all.
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    Re: Republicans & conservatives: Please respond!

    Goshin said about what I feel. I can't fault defense attorneys for doing their jobs as long as they are ethical, however it's more the system that is broken than the attorneys themselves. If anything I can stand tort attorneys the least.
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    Re: Republicans & conservatives: Please respond!

    goshin pretty much explained it all.


    from my experience with lawyers the ones that are NOT corrupt are few and far between.lawyers with ethics tend to be poor lawyers,and when i say poor i mean money in the bank poor.

    its pretty much to be expected in a profession where the difference between 60k a year and 1mil+ a year is in whther ou are willing to throw innocent people under the bus or not.

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    Re: Republicans & conservatives: Please respond!

    I have nothing against the lawyers, I have a lot against the system. Defense lawyers exist to get their clients off, whether their clients are guilty or not. They aren't interested in justice, they're interested in a paycheck. The entire criminal justice system is dedicated to convicting or freeing criminals, not because they're guilty or not, but because it's an adversarial system. I'd much rather see a system where both sides work to find the facts and punish the guilty or free the innocent, not play word games to try to get your side off the hook.
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    Re: Republicans & conservatives: Please respond!

    all perps have the right to representation.

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    Re: Republicans & conservatives: Please respond!

    Everybody deserves an adequate lawyer when in need of defense. I could never be a defense attorney, personally. I can't fathom the idea of defending bad people. If I won a case for somebody who later went on to commit serious crimes I'd never forgive myself for it.
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