05 September 2007

Kudos to Mike Nifong

Mike Nifong has done the criminal defnse bar of the United States a huge service.

When I once considered becoming a lawyer, I always said that I would have difficulty defending the guilty (though I did toy with Constitutional Law, so I could defend principles). As such, I have always disliked the adversarial system where a defense attorney will do whatever it takes to defend a guilty man as well as he can.

But Mike Nifong has shown the necessity of a system in which the attorneys for defendants will do almost anything to get defendants acquitted, because sometimes, the intent of the state and its agents is evil.

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