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Legal ethics: how can a lawyer defend the guilty?
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Posted on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 16:25 IST (last updated: Mon, Apr 26, 2010 @ 16:34 IST)
- A lawyer is not the judge and his belief or lack thereof in the client's case should not technically affect the presentation of the case in a court of law.
- A majority of accused persons would never get a fair or proper trial if a lawyer had to strongly believe in their innocence before defending them. In criminal cases, you almost never reach the trial stage unless there is some kind of case against the accused. Whether such evidence amounts to proof is for the judge or jury to decide after hearing both the prosecution and defence witnesses and the legal arguments presented by counsel.
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- The art of drafting contracts
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