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March 12, 2010

A New McCarthyism?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Novak @ 5:46 pm

McCarthyism is a term that has now become synonymous with baseless slander and defamation for political gain. Joseph McCarthy was a cold war Senator that caused massive fear of communist infiltration of the United States government. Many prominent Americans had their reputations ruined by this “Red Scare” until finally McCarthy was revealed as a liar and a fraud.

Joe Conason of Rasmussen Reports believes these fear tactics are being used again. He argues that Republican criticism of the Obama Justice Administration is a new McCarthyism. Republican critics have held that Justice Officials, especially Attorney General Eric Holder, have an agenda that is more akin to that of Al Qaeda than to that of the American people because of a history of providing legal counsel to accused terrorists.

Conason argues this idea that defending terrorists in court makes you a terrorist sympathizer is decidedly un-American. How could the system of justice in this country continue to function if people use this kind of logic? He also points to notable Bush administration officials who have also defended accused terrorists in the past. Regardless of what political spectrum you lie on, this issue raises an interesting question. Should lawyers be held accountable for the clients they choose to defend?

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1 Comment »

  1. Although lawyers do chose if they want to take the case or not, that doesn’t mean they believe the one particular side. Some lawyers know they would lose if they take that case. It is not the lawyer’s job to be held accountable for the clients, but it is to help them win a particular case whether it may be possible or not.

    Comment by sunglee91 — March 26, 2010 @ 3:52 am | Reply


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