Bulger Attorneys Oppose Juror Criminal Background Checks

, The National Law Journal

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Accused mobster James "Whitey" Bulger is fighting the government's request to conduct criminal background checks on jurors who pass preliminary screening for his trial.

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  • Avon

    When prosecutors make an application, which is more likely to disadvantage a defendant than the Government, based on arguments of law that are so easily rebutted, I feel embarrassed that the prosecutors represent me (one of the People of the USA).

    Defense counsel have all the same obligation to be zealous, and even mostly the same obligation to be ethical, but they do not have any similar obligation to uphold truth and fairness for everyone involved. So, no wonder the defense is anxious and emphatic in opposition!

    Furthermore, anyone who criticizes the prosecution for something improper, even though defense lawyers might theoretically seek to do it themselves, can seem "soft on crime" or even unpatriotic.
    So, when prosecutors make an application that makes me seem that way, I feel resentful and emphatic in opposition myself.

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