Defending Those People

Every criminal-defense lawyer has been asked how he or she can defend “those people.”  There are several good answers to this question.  Gideon, a public defender and a figment of the blawgosphere’s collective imagination, reminds us of one good answer in a recent post. That answer is that when a lawyer fights for an accused person, he or she also fights for the person’s family.  Gideon shares the following story:

I received a letter in the mail a few days ago. It was from a client. Nothing remarkable about it – 3 pages, handwritten, barely legible.

[ . . . ]

I flipped to the second page. The same handwriting – or so it seemed – except it was not from my client. It was from his daughter.

“Hello daddy”, she wrote, “when are you coming home? I’ve grown tall now – almost 4 feet! I also had to get glasses, but my little brother doesn’t have them.”

“We miss you daddy”, the letter concluded.

So, how can lawyers defend those people?  Sometimes they defend them because little Bobbi needs her dad at home and not in prison.

Jeremy Richey

1 Response to “Defending Those People”


  1. 1 Gideon November 16, 2008 at 8:09 am

    Oh man, I’d forgotten all about that.


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