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NACDL News: Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Deplores Political Attacks on The Criminal Defense Function
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer
NACDL News columns.
While NACDL does not endorse or oppose any political candidates, NACDL does strongly deplore attacks on any attorney, including political candidates representing any political party or ideology, arising out of the attorney’s representation of clients in criminal matters. Most recently, this line of attack has reared its head in the South Carolina gubernatorial race. There, reported statements by current Gov. Nikki Haley and South Carolina GOP Chairman Matt Moore, and a second round of television advertisements sponsored by the Republican Governors Association, do precisely that.
This comes on the heels of what happened in the case of Debo Adegbile, who was nominated for the position of Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the Department of Justice. In mid-March, NACDL joined with the National Lawyers Guild, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, and numerous other legal organizations to express profound disappointment in the attacks on Adegbile predicated
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