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June 2010 , Page 44 

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Compassion and the Criminal Defense Attorney

By Steven R. Morrison

In the comfort of my firm’s conference room, I am listening to my client tell the story of his crime. Federal agents seized his computer, and when they analyze its contents they will find hundreds of images and videos of children of all ages engaging in sex acts with other children and adults. In addition to the images, he would chat with others online, pretending to be a mother who liked to have sex with her two daughters.

My client will most likely be sent to prison, where he will be considered among the inmates as the lowest of the low. Society will have condemned him as so inhuman as to warrant his literal and figurative expulsion from the community. When my client is released from prison, he will be forced to register as a sex offender. He will be branded with a 21st century scarlet letter and, as a result, refused re-entry into the society that ostracized him. Many criminal defense attorneys would have refused to take his case. Where once he was a complex human being, he has been

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