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Speaking Out Against Political Ads That Attack Criminal Defense Lawyer-Candidates
By Martin S. Pinales
President's Column columns.
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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