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SC-Gov: The RGA "goes there" with my absolute least-favorite attack ad topic of all time: criticizing criminal defense attorneys for their work representing clients. In a new spot, the RGA lambastes Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen as "trial lawyer" who "made money off criminals" and "got a sex offender out of jail time."

I'm never one for Marquess of Queensberry rules, but these kinds of ads are a direct assault on the very notion of an adversarial system of justice, one of the foundations of our democracy. Making criminal defense seem like a scuzzy, dishonorable, fiendish line of work will just lead to fewer (and worse) criminal defense attorneys, which is the last thing we need.

The RGA obviously doesn't give a damn about that, though, and this kind of attack, sadly, may very well have been poll-tested as effective. Then again, this is the same gang that brought us the idiotic Schauer/shower ads in Michigan, so perhaps not. We can only hope.


AR-Sen: In a new ad, GOP Rep. Tom Cotton smacks back at Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor for some stupid remarks he made last month about Cotton:

"I think that is part of this sense of entitlement that he gives off. It's almost like, 'I served my country, let me into the Senate.' That's not how it works in Arkansas," said Pryor.
The comments blew up in the conservative online world but hadn't really shown up on the campaign trail until now. In his spot, Cotton references Pryor's jab and introduces his former Army drill sergeant, who gently hectors Cotton in a manner that I'm sure was just like what he experienced during basic training. Cotton says that his sergeant taught him "how to be a soldier—accountability, humility, and putting the unit before yourself." It's a pretty light-hearted ad that does a decent job humanizing Cotton, though it almost feels like he's defending himself against Pryor's charge rather than attacking Pryor for making it in the first place.

GA-Sen: The latest target of conservative ire in the GOP Senate primary is Rep. Jack Kingston, who finds himself on the received end of an ad from a mystery group called Citizens for a Working America, which originally mades its bones helping to unseat South Carolina Democrat John Spratt in 2010. CWA's spots attacks Kingston for voting in favor of earmarks, cash for clunkers, and raising the debt ceiling—which, as Daniel Malloy points out, is pretty similar to the recent hit on Rep. Phil Gingrey by Ending Spending.

KY-Sen: With Kentucky's primary now just a month away, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is striking a more positive tone in his latest ad. The narrator insists that McConnell is "not a showhorse" but a "genuine Kentucky workhorse" who "stopped bureaucrats from shutting down fishing below Barkley Dam" and is "leading the fight against Obamacare." (Trivia: The dam is named after former Vice President Alben Barkley!)

MI-Sen: Here's that new SEIU ad attacking Republican Terri Lynn Land that we were expecting. The spot features photos of the Koch brothers but doesn't mention their names, just referring to them as "billionaire special interests" who are "gang[ing] up" with Land. As a results of their efforts, "insurance companies could go back to charge women more" and "it would be harder for women to get equal pay." The union is reportedly spending $320,000.

SD-Sen: So clever: In a new ad, GOP state Sen. Larry Rhoden stands at the back of a cattle truck and, pointing to the contents within, declares: "This is a load of bull—and so is Obamacare, and about everything else that's coming out of Washington."


FL-Gov: Republican Gov. Rick Scott tries out some Spanish in his newest ad, though his Anglo accent sounds all the more painful when coupled with the narrator, a native speaker who quickly (mercifully) takes over. (Markos just said to me: "I can barely understand what he's 'saying.' I had to watch it six times to figure it out.") The spot is pretty similar to this earlier ad narrated by Scott himself—in English, thankfully.

KS-Gov: Rasmussen: Paul Davis (D): 40, Sam Brownback (R-inc): 47.

MD-Gov: Despite a spate of new ads from the two money leaders, St. Mary's College finds 54 percent of Democratic primary voters are undecided when it comes to selecting a gubernatorial nominee. Of those who do have an opinion, 27 percent prefer Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown while 11 percent support Attorney General Doug Gansler and 8 percent back Del. Heather Mizeur. The GOP side of things is even more formless, with 69 percent undecided.

P.S. What on earth is wrong with Gansler? It's like his foot is permanently fused inside his mouth:

"You know I'm running against somebody who has never managed anybody, never run anything. You know his ads are about how he was a lawyer in Iraq, and that's all fine and good, but this is a real job."
That's a reference to Brown, a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Only in Doug Gansler's world is military service not "a real job."

NE-Gov: After a long lull, primary season is finally about to get back underway next month, and Nebraska will host two of the most hotly contested statewide affairs—one for Senate and one for governor. And as you'd expect, the ads are flying fast now, with two gubernatorial spots popping up on the Republican side.

One of them is from Attorney General Jon Bruning, who slams his top rival, wealthy businessman Pete Ricketts, as a "Wall Street executive who fired 900 people, then took a million-dollar bonus." The second half praises Bruning for voting to cut taxes. The other ad is from one of the many third wheels in the race, state Sen. Beau McCoy, who rails against Obamacare while flinging a Barack Obama bobblehead doll off the top of a fencepost.

PA-Gov: Yet another Tom Wolf ad. This time, the Democratic businessman says he wants to help seniors by expanding home health aid, while his mom voices her approval.


CA-33: The League of Conservation Voters has issued a dual endorsement of state Sen. Ted Lieu and former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel in the race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman. Since all of the leading candidates here are Democrats, though, it's unlikely the LCV will spend much if anything on the contest, as they've generally concentrated their firepower on Republicans in recent years.

But speaking of the GOP, attorney Elan Carr, the only Republican in the race to file a fundraising report, is going on the air with a TV ad touting his experience prosecuting violent criminals and saying "we need to keep kids out of gangs in the first place." Carr's only spending $49,000 to air the spot, all on cable, so it's just a drop in L.A.'s very big bucket. But given the jam-packed Democratic field and the huge sums of money likely to cancel one another out, there's a non-zero chance that Carr could slip into the November general election, though he'd just get crushed in the end.

FL-19: It turns out there's one more poll ahead of Tuesday's special GOP primary in Florida's 19th District. It's from PPP, on behalf of the News-Press and WINK-TV, and like St. Pete Polls, it finds businessman Curt Clawson out in front. Clawson, who has spent at least $2 million of his own money promoting himself, is at 38, while state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto is at 19, consultant Michael Dreikorn at 18, and ex-state Rep. Paige Kreegel at 17, with just 7 undecided.

St. Pete, however, saw a much tighter races, with Clawson leading Benacquisto just 30-26. The News-Press notes that PPP also polled the regular GOP primary in 2012 and correctly pegged ex-Rep. Trey Radel as the winner. However, they over-estimated Kreegel's support (and under-estimated Chauncey Goss'), and of course, this was an ordinary election rather than a special. We'll find out soon enough.

GA-11: A new poll of the open GOP primary to replace Rep. Phil Gingrey from Rosetta Stone and Landmark finds state Sen. Barry Loudermilk edging ex-Rep. Bob Barr 25-23, with businesswoman Tricia Pridemore at 11 and state Rep. Ed Lindsey at 8. The only other survey of the race was a March internal from Loudermilk that had him tied at 12 with Barr and the rest of the field in low single digits. The primary is May 20 and a runoff will take place on July 22 if no candidate clears 50 percent in the first round.

NC-02: Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers, who may receive a stronger-than-expected challenge from singer and activist Clay Aiken, is already running her first ad of the campaign. In it, she says she's "already co-sponsored a bill to repeal and replace" Obamacare and claims she passed a "small business bill that's creating thousands of North Carolina jobs." (No citation for this is provided.) Ellmers nominally faces a primary challenge from radio host Frank Roche, but he's raised bupkes, and the spot's overall message is surprisingly soft in tone given how red this district is, so it seems like it's aimed more toward the general election.

NY-01: For some reason, Republican state Sen. Lee Zeldin wasn't content to use an unseen narrator in his latest ad, instead featuring a woman who holds a fake TV screen that she jiggles as she talks, which has a very distracting effect. (Also, I swear that she is being dubbed over by another voice-over artist, though maybe it's just a syncing issue.) Anyway, she claims that Zeldin "led the fight against Obamacare" and that his opponent, attorney George Demos, "is funded by Nancy Pelosi's team." That's a bizarre charge also made by a recent super PAC ad attacking Demos.

OH-14: Ohio's primary is in just a couple of weeks, so the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is running a boring ad on behalf of GOP Rep. Dave Joyce, about how he loves jobs and hates regulations or something like that. The buy is for $300,000. Joyce faces a primary challenge from state Rep. Matt Lynch, but Joyce has a ton of money and Lynch has raised very little.

Other Races:

AK Ballot, AK-Sen: Because of delays by Alaska's state legislature, three ballot initiatives that were scheduled to go before voters at the August primary will instead likely get moved to the November general election, including one measure to increase the minimum wage and another to legalize recreational marijuana. That could conceivably boost Democratic Sen. Mark Begich's re-election effort, since the proposals might draw out more liberal-leaning voters. However, it would probably hurt a separate referendum to repeal a new tax cut for oil companies, which would remain on the August ballot.

NH State Senate: Republican state Sen. Bob Odell, who is 70 years old and has served in the New Hampshire legislature for over a decade, has decided to retire. This is good news for Democrats, who only need to win two seats to recapture the Senate, because Odell's seat went for Obama 51-47 and in fact is the second-bluest district held by a Republican.

Grab Bag:

California: With 53 House seats all up for re-election, there's a lot of action in the Golden State this year. In a detailed post that incorporates recent fundraising numbers, we take a close look at which California House races will be worth watching in 2014. (Jeff Singer)

Maps: The folks behind the excellent electoral college mapping site 270towin have launched a cool new spinoff called Elections This Year, which offers one-stop shopping for race rating updates from a variety of prognosticators, polls, and headlines for Senate, House, and gubernatorial elections.

NRCC: $9.9 million raised (in March), $31 million cash-on-hand.

Primaries: While every cycle plenty of incumbents face primary challenges, most end up winning without trouble. Even those who need to work to secure renomination usually succeed. However, there are always a few unfortunate incumbents who get tossed by their own party each election year.

In a new piece, we take a look at the 31 House members, seven senators, and six governors who were unseated by a challenger in a primary since 1994. Perhaps the number one lesson for elected officials worried about enraging their party is to avoid appearing ideologically out-of-sync. Sometimes just one apostasy on a key wedge issue (the Iraq War, taxes, free trade) is all that it takes to convince primary voters to part ways with an incumbent. (Jeff Singer)

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  •  Yes, the ad is intellectually dishonest (4+ / 0-)
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    here4tehbeer, a2nite, Gygaxian, sethtriggs

    However, this is simply the case with most political ads that go on air, and voters don't usually think that deep. What matters is that the ad is effective and hits Sheheen hard in a weak spot. It's done a decent job.

    •  It seems odd that they'd take this tack so far out (7+ / 0-)

      from the November general. That's an awfully long time for Sheheen to come back with a strong counter. I wouldn't hit back with ads though: I'd wait until one of the news outlets raises the issue and simply ask "Who's more qualified to speak about defense attorneys than the Republican Governors Association?"

      And Haley damn well better keep her nose clean over the next few months... Sheheen would rip her a new one if it turns out she needed some defense lawyering of her own.

      Signature (this will be attached to your comments)

      by here4tehbeer on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 05:46:20 AM PDT

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      •  The idea (2+ / 0-)
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        Odysseus, sethtriggs

        is to damage his favorables in a red state. Once he's damaged, he can never recover in a place like South Carolina.

        so what if he counters, when both candidates are unpopular, a Republican wins by default there.

        •  In that case the retort (1+ / 0-)
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          Should be about a trial lawyer who defended eight accused murders and got them off.  Really tilting the system of justice huh?

          The lawyer: John Adams
          The Place: Boston Massacre

          Yes, THAT John Adams, Founding father and second President of these United States.  

          Congratulations, the Republican just called the founding fathers scum.   What a Patriot!

          ... the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country - when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." - Carl Schurz; Oct. 17, 1899

          by NevDem on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 10:13:38 AM PDT

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          •  I don't think (0+ / 0-)

            Republican truly believe what Shaheen is scum for defending a criminal. They just want to cast doubt in his credibility. If people mistake it to mean he SUPPORTED the criminal, rather than just defended him in court, it's enough to damage him,

    •  As if Cons do not explicitly forgive crime (7+ / 0-)

      Have the republicans finally prosecuted anyone for violations of SEC rules regarding fraudulent investment vehicles?

      Have the republicans finally prosecuted any US official for engaging in acts of torture?

      Have the republicans worked to ensure Clive Bundy is held accountable for breaking federal law?

      I suggest a very loud, very public conversation about "who made money off of criminals".  I suggest the republicans will immediately move to change the subject.

      "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:19:38 AM PDT

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      •  thats different! (2+ / 0-)
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        Egalitare, sethtriggs

        That's just White Collar crime.  That ALWAYS pays in America.

        Violations of SEC rules?  That only cost the country $2,000,000,000,000.  It's not liek the robbed a liquor store of $200.  That second one is a death penalty offense.  The first one is just the way you do business.

        We have no desire to offend you -- unless you are a twit!

        by ScrewySquirrel on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:46:25 AM PDT

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  •  Gansler is kind of dumb (1+ / 0-)
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    His ads are running nonstop on local TV. They are starting to get negative but Brown will get nominated,He has been Lt gov for 8 years and is a black man in a state that is probably majority minority.
    Also Gansler is from Montgomery Cty who never gets anyone elected statewide. I met Brown once at my daughters High school, seemed like a nice guy. He will the next governor of Md.

  •  Rick Scott's spanish sucks (6+ / 0-)

    I couldn't make it out.  Something about not being something politician.  It's very obvious he's not a politician who gives a fuck about Hispanics.  That was horrible.  The least he could have done was rehearsed it with someone who speaks Spanish before cutting the ad.  All he did was make an ass of himself with a constituency who really doesn't like him.  

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 05:37:55 AM PDT

  •  I once heard (11+ / 0-)

    an interview with a defense attorney (possibly a public defender). He was asked, "How can you defend these criminals, especially the ones you know are guilty, and still sleep at night?"

    What he said has stuck with me all these years later. He said that in the United States, no matter who we are, no matter what we've done, when we stand up in court, we never have to stand alone. We have the right to have someone stand with us. His job was to be that person, and he slept very well at night knowing he was protecting the basic rights of American citizens and upholding the basic tenets our country was founded on.

    •  When Oscar Goodman ran for Mayor in Las Vegas, (2+ / 0-)
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      his opponent tried the same thing.

      the RGA lambastes Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen as "trial lawyer" who "made money off criminals" and "got a sex offender out of jail time."
      Oscar, of course, had been a "mob lawyer" - "defending gangsters and members of organized crime" - and served as Mayor until term limits forced him out. He was succeeded by the current Mayer - Carolyn Goodman, his wife.
  •  constitution (6+ / 0-)

    Does anyone else remember when the third graders who make up the GOP read the constitution out loud. Not only did it show a severe lack of understanding of how the human brain works(decoding≠comprehension, hearing≠listening), they also convinently skipped the part where we have a republican form of government, thus perhaps giving more credence to 'states rights'.

    It really does seen that the GOP only recognizes two parts of the constitution.  The part where it says there is unlimited free speech for corporations, and the part where it says an unregulated militia guarantees unregulated ownership of assault rifles.

    They have certainly missed the part where a standing army is only to constituted for a period of up to two years.

  •  As Hunter S. Thompson's attorney said, (6+ / 0-)

    "Even a goddamn werewolf is entitled to legal counsel."

    Republican Health Care Plan: marry a Canadian.

    by shoeless on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:26:16 AM PDT

  •  Firstly none of the Current GOP gov's are the (1+ / 0-)
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    brightest bulbs on the Christmas tree.

    Vilifying Trial lawyers in general is a s.o.p. when they need to stop a bill such as equal pay laws.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:33:34 AM PDT

  •  Gansler (1+ / 0-)
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    I sat at the same table as Gansler at a recent county democratic meeting.  He asked me whether he should go around the room shaking hands. I told him that I wasn't the one running for office, that he should do what he felt was best, that he was perfectly welcome to sit there with me. I did opine that if I were in his shoes, I'd probably make the rounds.

    He did give a decent speech later, though it was a little vague in my view.  

    I have tentatively decided to go with Brown, and I think he'll win the primary; however, I suspect Gansler will win my county--St. Mary's.


  •  They hate defense lawyers (10+ / 0-)

    until they need one.

    Ask Chris Christie, Rick Perry, etc., etc.,

    I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

    by Wayward Wind on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:35:55 AM PDT

  •  He defended criminals. He got them off! (4+ / 0-)
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    LeftyAce, AJayne, BlueKS, sethtriggs

    IOW, he actually worked for his paycheck. F'ing socialist...

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:38:01 AM PDT

  •  Brownback? (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm surprised that he's up. I thought that he was underwater because of education and other severe cuts.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:38:36 AM PDT

  •  alas, it is a very common idea in the US that (4+ / 0-)
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    madmojo, AJayne, Stude Dude, sethtriggs

    people should not have a legal defense. We saw it most clearly after 9-11 when our national ideology was that "terrorists" don't "deserve" trials--we should just kill them all without charges or trials. Thereby turning a criminal matter into a military matter, and leading to the death of our basic democratic rights and our transformation into a national-security state.

    I'm quite sure that a significant portion of Americans (and not just Goppers) would be all in favor of simply jailing or executing people who are "obviously guilty" without trial. After all, we already do it to "terrorists".

    We Americans like to pretend we care about "democracy", but the reality has always been that many Americans fear it, don't want it, and won't lift a finger to defend it (at least not for people we don't like).

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:39:04 AM PDT

  •  People treat Defense Lawyers like Police Officers (4+ / 0-)

    You complain about them until you actually need one.

  •  combine this with ome other things... (1+ / 0-)
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    like Hunter's diary here:

    And George Bush's 2000 statement 'Sure would be easier if this was a dictatorship, so long as I'm the dictator'

    along with the rise of Inherited Wealth being the primary source of wealth for the 1% (and the 0.01%! -- 6 of the 10 richest billionaires are inherited wealth)

    And we get a picture that the long term goal appears to be a return to not Oligarchy, but Aristocracy/Royalty.

    We have no desire to offend you -- unless you are a twit!

    by ScrewySquirrel on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:44:05 AM PDT

  •  I think it's a perfectly acceptable ad (1+ / 0-)
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    Rich in PA

    One's work is fair game. I won't pan it because it's generated on behalf of the side I don't like.

    In the realm of negative advertising, this one is especially tame anyway.

    Also, yes, we are all entitled to representation, but I am free to judge a lawyer who chooses to represent scum of the earth just as much as I am to judge an overly zealous prosecutor (of which there are many). However, if the defense was part of his job as a public defender, I'd not be critical and if that's the case, it'd not be hard for a decent ad person to produce a good rebuttal ad accusing the opponent of advocating against the Constitution.

    I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony Everything good a man can be, a dog already is. - pajoly

    by pajoly on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:45:00 AM PDT

  •  About those sleazy defense lawyers (4+ / 0-)
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    Fordmandalay, Aquarius40, BlueKS, Odysseus

    Does this mean that when GOP politicians and fat cats are accused of crimes, they won't bother hiring criminal defense lawyers to defend them? That would be good news indeed -- and make for much more entertaining proceedings.

    Or is it the usual, "high-priced lawyers for me, nothing for those other jerks" hypocrisy?

  •  Hard to weep over attorney attacks (1+ / 0-)
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    Of all the people who should be able to handle an attack, criminal defense attorneys should be at the top of the list.


    "X has accused me of doing my job well, of bringing everything I've got in order to serve the people I represent.  I plead guilty.:

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:49:27 AM PDT

  •  Actual question I heard on jury duty once; (7+ / 0-)

    "If the police arrested him, he must be guilty, right?".

    An ESPECIALLY if he's any shade of brown, according to the Republican mindset.

    Rand Rick Ted Huck Scott / Republican power ON! / Five watt light bulb glows - haiku by Bill IPM

    by Fordmandalay on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:49:33 AM PDT

  •  Since when did Republicans give a sh*t about sex (5+ / 0-)

    offenders? After all, it was their OWN CANDIDATES who told us that babies resulting from rape were a "gift from Gawd" and that women should like back and take it. Think Mourdoch, Aikin, etc. I say fight dirty with dirty & use their own fucking words AGAINST them!

    PS I'm not belittling sexual assault or domestic violence in any way. I'm just pointing out what the passengers in the Republican clown car have already SAID.

    A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

    by METAL TREK on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:54:43 AM PDT

  •  Sorry, but its fair game. (1+ / 0-)
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    Rich in PA

    I've often said that people who are a part of the justice system apparatus should not be involved in politics. But, in this country  many prosecutors are elected offices but defense attorneys are not. This is why you're better off running in an election as a prosecutor than you are as a defense attorney.

  •  how pathetic (1+ / 0-)
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    the goptea aims to reduce women to the status of baby machines and second class citizens but will gladly use their misfortune - and pretend to care what happens to them - for political expediency.

    shamelessly opportunistic whores.

    "Please proceed, Governor"

    by portlandzoo on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 08:24:44 AM PDT

  •  Well, God forbid that woman wants an abortion. (0+ / 0-)

    It's okay for her to shed a tear over her assailant being represented in court by some Demon-Cratic shyster lawer - but it's another damn thing if she wishes to control her reproductive destiny after the attack in a Republican-ruled state.

    Thank God, the Bob Fosse Kid is here! - Colin Mochrie

    by gardnerhill on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 08:33:07 AM PDT

  •  Criminal Defense (0+ / 0-)

    is rooted in the Bill of Rights. No wonder the RGA goes after it.

  •  Well, we rightly demonize people from finance. (0+ / 0-)

    If Republicans wants to demonize defense attorneys, let them have at it. We'll knock off more of their candidates than vice-versa.

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 09:03:57 AM PDT

  •  Everyone is against Criminal Defense Lawyers (0+ / 0-)

    until they need one.  Its the same crowd who are dumbfounded that people plead not guilty at their initial court appearance ( kinda have to) or do not understand why people go to trial when the crowd attests "they know they are guilty".  

    Tell it to Rubin Carter.  It boggle the mind.

  •  There are way too many people in the US (1+ / 0-)
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    who firmly believe that a criminal has NO rights.  (That, of course, is not how the Constitution is written.)  Even people on the left who I expect to have a little compassion express this opinion vehemently.  Pointing out that being arrested, even being convicted, doesn't necessarily mean you did anything wrong, has no effect.  Pointing out that speeding a mile or two an hour is also breaking the law has no effect.  Pointing out that many states, and the Federal Government, have laws on the books that are written in such a way that it would be hard to find someone who isn't breaking at least one of them also has no effect.  I find it very discouraging.  I fear Sheheen is in trouble and I hope he finds one or more ways to present himself to overcome this.  I don't suppose recalling the Scopes trial would help?  No, probably not in South Carolina.  Clips from old "Perry Mason" shows?  I'm just grasping at straws here, but maybe someone working with him will get a better idea.  I hope.

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