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Triad Defense Attorneys Explain The Importance In Representing Murderers, Rapists, And Molesters

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Triad, NC --  No matter how much the public might hate you, if you're in America, you'll have at least one ally. That's your lawyer.

Ariel Castro was appointed a public defender, Kathleen DeMetz. She would not describe Castro's demeanor during their private talks to reporters.

WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford talked to Piedmont attorneys who have defended people accused of murder, rape, and child molestation. They don't find any moral conflict in their work.

Robert O'Hale, a defense attorney in Greensboro said, "If you want to live in a free society, you have to afford people their rights, no matter who they are because if you take them away from the guy you perceive as really rotten, you might as well take them away for everybody."

Even when there's overwhelming evidence of guilt against their client, there is an obligation to defend that person.

David Freedman is a defense attorney in Winston-Salem. He represented the last person in the state of North Carolina to receive the death penalty.

Freedman said, "If we make exceptions for this monster then that exception will then apply to everyone else and we have to be very careful to not let our emotions get carried away."

"It's a constitutional requirement that everyone in a position like that receive adequate representation, and it really goes to protect the integrity of the justice system," said Timothy Stewart, an associate defense attorney.

Robert O'Hale shared another perspective with News 2. He believes in this quote:

A criminal lawyer is a person who loves other people more than he loves himself; he loves freedom more than the comfort of security; who is unafraid to fight for unpopular ideas or ideals; who is willing to stand next to the uneducated, the poor, the dirty, the suffering and even the mean, greedy and violent, and advocate for them not just in words, but in spirit; who is willing to stand up to the arrogant, mean spirited, caring and uncaring with courage, strength and patience and not be intimidated. Who bleeds a little when someone else goes to jail; who dies a little when tolerance and freedom suffer, and most important, a person who never loses hope that forgiveness and love will win in the end. -Joe Cheshire

WFMY News 2

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