Friday, October 12, 2012

Feminist criminal defense lawyer commentary worth a read

She is asked "how can you defend men who victimize women?" and "how can you be a feminist and also a criminal defense lawyer?"  Here is what she said:

"I've found that responding with a statement about the Sixth Amendment right to counsel can produce eye-rolling and that attempts to talk rationally about cases where women have made false accusations of rape nearly always fail.

"Yes, I do know victims of rape, and as the mother of two girls, I desperately want 'no' to always mean 'no,' but my unqualified disgust with acts of violence against women does not lessen my commitment to the rights of the accused."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tamar-birckhead/criminal-law_b_1959877.html