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Zealous Advocate

Lawyer has a duty to zealously advocate for his client.



Could you Zealously advocate for a client you knew was guilty? This is a question I get all the time. If the system is to work for the innocent, it must also work for the guilty. What do you think?


Melissa Sugar said...

Hi Melissa .. I have to say I'd have trouble - and often wonder how high profile criminals acquire lawyers and usually good ones .. strikes me there's something not quite right.  Fine to have their side heard ... 

It doesn't sit right .. but I guess there's always an element of doubt ..

Cheers Hilary

Melissa Sugar said...

Hi Melissa,

This is why I could not be a lawyer.  I would be saying to my client, "Hey, just 'fess up and we will try to get you a lighter sentence.  Let's not waste everyone's time because we all know you did it." 

I might be fired my first week. 


Melissa Sugar said...

Difficult, but it's part and parcel of being a lawyer. I think I'd try and do whatever I deemed best for my client (which isn't to say that I'd lie, obfuscate or try and "work the system") but rather convince him/her to come clean and accept the penalty, and also whatever counseling/addiction help/mental services were available.

Melissa Sugar said...

Melissa, I agree. I think the guilty also have rights, that is the right of receiving the proper punishment for their crimes, and only a lawyer can guarantee that.

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