It isn't only the fact that I see gang bangers up close. I read in the L.A. Times about a Black baby shot by a stray bullet. I see on the news of a shooting in Compton where a college bound black girl is the first in her family to go to college. Over the years I encountered countless deaths on the news.
I hear "there's a war on Black men," and "it's open season on Black youth," and I know who is really killing them.
You ask a very good question as to why don't i work of the D.A. That is a 9 to 5 job, and I want the freedom I have working for myself. I have always had a lot of outside interests that I couldn't follow as much if I had a full time job where I had to clock in.
I am not conflicted. Although my clients mostly deserve prison, they still deserve a fair trial. While I disagree with some of the legal procedures (e.g. mindless application of the hearsay rule when the purpose isn't involved), as long as they exist, my clients should get the benefit from it.
There were three cases that I lost and even took pro bono to the next level, for which I don't get paid, because I thought the deserved to have the law properly applied. One was guilty, and I won. I hate his crime, but don't regret having made sure the law was handed down fairly.
It is like a tax deduction. I don't approve of some deductions, but I take them if they are offered.
One last analogy, a congressman, whom I forget, was once asked about pork barrel projects. he said (something like) if they were going to spend a fortune to send a crew to the Mars to see if there was blue cheese there, he would fight it like hell. But if it were approved he would fight to get it in his district.
Does that answer your question
Posted By: Priapus53 "WTF-----If I were a criminal defense lawyer who was repulsed by representing gangbangers/drug dealers maybe I'd feel the same as you. But I'm not, so I don't.
You've candidly admitted a "conservative conversion" that you've had over the last 35 years------if that was the case, why didn't you work for the D.A.'s office or become a prosecuting attorney ?
Not to be a schmuck, phil, but you do sound "conflicted"