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ELECTION: TV ads ignore due process

Letter by Pat M. Chapin, Tacoma on Oct. 25, 2012 at 10:16 am with No Comments »
October 25, 2012 10:20 am

I see ads on TV criticizing attorney general candidate Bob Ferguson for defending “cop killers.” I always thought that one of the hallmarks of the American justice system was that everyone was entitled to a rigorous defense and that the state had to prove the charges.

Everyone is entitled, not just the innocent or the wealthy or white men. Everyone, even those who have committed heinous crimes.

Defending those who have committed crimes – and remember, everyone is innocent until proven guilty – is an obligation. Defending someone accused of a heinous crime is not defending the crime, it is defending our rights as citizens to have a fair and just defense.

Lawyers who take “the guilty” as clients should not be condemned. They should be thanked. They keep the justice system honest and protect all of our rights. I am hesitant to vote for someone who doesn’t understand this.

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