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Defending defense attorneysPosted Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at 9:05 AM
Here's the role of a defense attorney, as defined in a Jackson Sun interview with District Attorney General Michael Dunnavant, who prosecuted -- "attempted to prosecute" may be a better term -- the Mary Winkler case:
"The job of a defense attorney is not to seek the truth. It's to get their client off, by hook or crook, by lie, deception, subterfuge, confusion, whatever it is...They have different ethical considerations than we do. We have a higher ethical requirement on us as prosecutors..."
In other words, Dunnavant's just claimed that defense attorneys are liars.
Maybe Dunnavant, the state's youngest DA at 36, is a sore loser since Winkler only spent months in prison instead of years for killing her husband. And his claim that Winkler planned to kill her children is preposterous.
Defense attorneys sometimes get a bad rap, but we'd be a lot worse without them, especially when the innocent are unjustly accused. Your thoughts?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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