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As criminal defense attorneys, it is our job to
check unchecked emotion, require thoughtful
reasoning, subject feelings to the rules of
evidence, and provide a vigorous defense.
We cannot give in to angry societal demands
because, ultimately, that leads to mob rule.
John Adams, then an attorney in Boston,
agreed in 1770 to represent eight British soldiers
charged with murder in an incident called the
Boston Massacre. Other attorneys refused to
represent the soldiers, but John Adams felt it
was his duty. We know the rest. Six soldiers
were acquitted and two were convicted of
manslaughter and given lesser sentences. John
Adams went on to become the second president
of the United States.
Representing the reprehensible is a sacred
task with historical precedent attesting to its
nobility. It is neither an easy task nor one to be
undertaken by the faint of heart. In the words of
President John Kennedy, we do it not because it is
easy but because it is hard.
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In 1979, Brad Bridge
graduated from law
school, got married,
moved to Chicago
and started working
for the Illinois State
Appellate Defender. In
1983, Brad moved to
Philadelphia and started working for the
Defender Association. Showing a distinct
lack of imagination, decades later he
is still in Philadelphia working for the
Defender Association. His major work
most recently has been in reopening
convictions because of corrupt police
officers and representation of juvenile
lifers, on appeal and at resentencing.

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