"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Where's the Anti-Nancy?

Is Nancy Grace simply seeking the truth in spite of all the obfuscation of defense lawyers doing their best to cloud their client's guilt? Or is she a publicity hound who cares nothing for the rights of the accused?

The defense oriented folks who hate the woman frequently trot out the charge that an appellate court thought she failed to fulfill her ethical duties properly in a case she prosecuted, but denied the habeas petition anyway. In other words, the conviction stood.

My own two cents (admittedly having watched Grace only for a few minutes): people get too riled up by TV shows like this, which are geared to one thing only: ratings. It's entertainment, folks. If the defense bar is so upset, why don't they find someone to be the anti-Nancy Grace?

Answer: because while fighting for victims and against bad guys is a compelling heroic narrative, in real life there is not much glory in defending most criminal defendants, who are overwhelmingly guilty. Real life, in short, is not "To Kill a Mockingbird" or "Twelve Angry Men," it is Tom Mesereau defending a Michael Jackson, where even if you have a factually innocent client and get an acquittal, you still won't find much sympathy for your client. As we have covered before, since the vast majority of charged defendants are correctly convicted, there is simply not much glory out there for a defense attorney.

But hey, it's a free market and a free country. If some crusader wants to step up to the plate, more power to him.

HT: Ken.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nancy has thrice been cited for failing in her constitutional obligations, including on at least one occassion being reprimanded by name. She was an ethically challenged prosecutor and now an ethically challenged "journalist."

Somethings never change.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, right, I understand y'all hate her because she's an outspoken former prosecutor. Tell me where she's been sanctioned by the bar of the appropriate jurisdiction or where a conviction has been overturned because of wilful misconduct and I'll worry more about her ethics.