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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"Can Defense Lawyers Be Trusted With National Security Secrets?"

Bill Otis at Crime & Consequences links to a Seventh Circuit case, per Judge Posner, on the subject.

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Its interesting that defense attorneys are expected to mount the best defense possible for their clients, and that the U.S. Constitution guarantees a fair trial. However, when the words "National Security" are thrown around, and only defense attorneys and defendants get the shaft, nobody stands up for how Justice is supposed to work.

Doesn't this hamstring defense? I'm not surprised that a former prosecutor (and an appellate prosecutor at that) drew attention to this decision. I'm also unsurprised that this came out of the 7th.

Posted by: Eric | Jun 18, 2014 6:19:57 AM

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