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July 2016 , Page 51 

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Verbatim: Why We Are Defenders

By James Castle

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Editor’s Note: James Castle delivered this speech at an awards banquet a number of years ago. Since that time, portions of the speech have appeared on plaques and have been used for symposia throughout the United States.

I am often asked the same questions when I tell people that I am a defense attorney: “How can you defend those people?” “How can you represent someone who is guilty?” What people are asking, in one way or another, is why I am a defender. In turn, they are asking why any of us chose this profession.

Why are we defenders? This is my best shot at answering the question.

We are defenders because we believe that whether you are rich or poor or middle class, you deserve a fair chance in court.

We are defenders because we believe that the amount of money  spent on a lawyer should not dictate the quality of justice.

We are defenders because we believe that the biggest threat to our liberty and freedoms comes not from an enemy from afar, but from thos

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