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January /February 2007 , Page 4 

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Speaking Out Against Political Ads That Attack Criminal Defense Lawyer-Candidates

By Martin S. Pinales

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Wouldn’t it be great if the voting public analyzed a candidate’s positions on the issues, compared them to the positions of the opponent, and then voted for the person whose positions most closely mirrored their own? This is the way it would work in a perfect world. Unfortunately, this world is not perfect; at least it wasn’t the last time I checked.

As I reflect on the recent mid-term elections, I realize that the campaigns for seats in Congress and state legislatures were more negative that I can ever remember. And some of the most vicious attacks were reserved for candidates who, at some point in their careers, had been criminal defense lawyers.

In the race for district judge of Somerset, Ky., candidate Jon Gillum disseminated campaign materials that maligned opponent Katie Woods because she had represented a man who shot a law enforcement officer. Our Constitution affords legal representation to all, even those accused of heinous crimes that elicit str

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