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RGA ads strike again

Posted: May 1, 2014 9:32 a.m.
Updated: May 2, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The Republican Governors Association strikes again. Their newest attack ad against Vincent Sheheen now equates him and all other lawyers with the defendants that it is their job to represent. Let it be known that John Adams, the second president of the United States, successfully represented the British soldiers who were accused of murder in the Boston Massacre in 1770, giving them an impassioned defense and said it “was one of the best Pieces of Service I ever rendered my Country.” Let it also be known that Chief Justice John Roberts represented an eight-time murderer, along with other “really bad” defendants as part of his job before being named to the Supreme Court.

Are John Adams and John Roberts and the 40-plus lawyers in the South Carolina legislature also soft on crime? The Sixth Amendment to our Constitution states that the accused shall enjoy the right … to have the assistance of counsel for his defense. Is the Republican Governors Association saying that the Sixth Amendment is no longer valid and not worthy of upholding? Again, these attack ads from this group are a shell game, moving the outrage of the public against lawless actions to the defense attorneys that are legally required to represent them. Does the Republican Governors Association suggest we use a legal system that does not provide the accused with the charges against him, lock you up for an indefinite time without charges, without putting you on trial, where you cannot see the evidence against you, use hearsay, and use torture against you, as was proposed and done and thoroughly and enthusiastically challenged by the Constitutional lawyers known as the Al Qaeda 7, among many others, during the George W. Bush administration? That debacle was exposed for what it was and discontinued but it was not a scandal.

Last month, President Obama nominated Mr. Adegbile to head the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. He once signed a brief supporting an appeal for a cop killer stating the instructions to the jury were badly stated. His argument was correct and upheld by an appeals court. All the Republicans and seven Democrats in the Senate voted against this nomination, associating the lawyer with the crime and the defendant. Note that this same kind of association did not occur when Justice Roberts was confirmed.

However, this current ad by the Republican Governors Association would have you believe that representing a defendant is akin to agreeing with the actions of said defendant, and, therefore, being as guilty as said defendant. These are unfair character attacks and have no business in our government, justice system, and election system. Now that is the scandal. When will the news media cover this scandal instead of confirming that Vincent Sheheen did his job?

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