Defense attorneys — and on rare occasions even prosecutors or judges — frequently bemoan the fact that those meant to enforce our laws do not always play fair. We complain about things like police states. We complain about things like the loss of civil liberties (Edit 3/21/2017: Link broken/removed.), including the right to a fair trial. We complain about the gradual erosion of the United States Constitution and the fact that the so-called “parchment barriers” therein contained against the abuses of the government which that document constituted are, these days, less strong even than that.
Most people, however, upon hearing this think, “Ahhh…those damn defense attorneys. Always coddling criminals.” [Read more…]