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July 2003 , Page 10 

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Witness For The Defense

By Daniel Dodson

At first glance, now might not seem like the best time to be making controversial statements, and that would include those that present a rational, due process-and-liberty-oriented perspective on criminal justice issues. The backlash against persons who dare to speak out against the current administration on any issue certainly has some parallels to the McCarthy era.  

But this is the very best time to speak out, for make no mistake: If you don’t fire back at every opportunity when you are under heavy attack, some people are going to conclude you don't have any weapons.  

As practicing criminal defense lawyers, we routinely come in contact with the injustices that pervade the justice system. We see cops lie. We see constitutional rights, not just evaporating in theory, but also abandoning particular individuals in time of need. We witness and watch up close as a capital case grinds toward its goal of increasing the violence-victim count. We know like no one else the sting of

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