The debate "It is morally acceptable for a defense attorney to defend a client if they know the client is guilty" was started by
August 11, 2016, 12:18 am.
5 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 9 people are on the disagree side.
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It looks like most people are against to this statement.
RogueAmerican posted 2 arguments, PsychDave posted 2 arguments, Nemiroff posted 1 argument, Alex posted 1 argument to the agreers part.
thereal posted 1 argument to the disagreers part.
RogueAmerican, PsychDave, Nemiroff, Alex, shuhel_2005 agree.
dalton7532, Austin7779, thereal, hunadi and 5 visitors disagree.
Let's use and example to simplify things.
One man kills another in a fit of passion after finding him in bed with his wife. He is guilty of killing someone, but does he deserve the same sentence as someone who kills someone at random 9n the street? It is his lawyer's job to explain why not to defend him.
If a man is being threatened and kills in self defense, he is guilty of killing someone, but again I don't think he deserves the same sentence as a cold blooded killer. Again, though he is guilty of something, the circumstances mean that he should not, in my opinion, go to jail for it. While he may be guilty of killing 8n self defense, he should definitely have a lawyer defend him.
I feel that it depends on the attorney; if he can give a good defense and abide by their conscience, it is ok. But if a lawyer is against it, they could recuse themselves.
it is not morally acceptable. but thats his job.
it's not morally acceptable for a attorney to say "my client is innocent" when they know their client is guilty.
it's Morally acceptable to defend a guy who is guilty, confesses, but wants less time in jail, so the attorney will argue circumstances and such to give the client less of a punishment.
they cannot lie, but they can defend them if their due process or personal rights were violated. they can ensure that they get an appropriate sentence instead of life for robbery. everyone must have a lawyer.
Defense attorneys represent the accused, guilty or innocent. Sometimes their job isn't to prove the person innocent, but to explain circumstances that justify their actions. Everyone is entitled to legal representation, and it is the judge and jury's job to see that justice is done.
Attorneys are allowed to drop cases if they think or find their client is guilty... it never ends well if the jury starts suspecting.
A defense attorney's one job though is to provide the best possible defense. And everyone deserves a legal defense. Their job is not to convict nor bring evidence against their client, but rather to create reasonable doubt. The rightful conviction lies on the prosecution, not the defense, and neither parties are arbiters of the law, just pieces. The ones who care about right and wronf are the jury and judge.
I disagree. It is not morally acceptable, and I think everybody knows that and agrees with that. However, people need the money.