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A prominent liberal legal scholar at Northwestern University told Washington Free Beacon reporter Aaron Sibarium in a piece published Monday that America’s legal system was at risk of becoming a “totalitarian nightmare.”
“People will ask: ‘How can you represent someone who’s guilty?’ The answer is that a society where accused people don’t get a defense as a matter of course is a society you don’t want to live in. It’s a totalitarian nightmare,” Andrew Koppelman, told Sibarium,. Sibarium’s piece, headlined “The Takeover of America’s Legal System,” was published in Bari Weiss’ “Common Sense” substack and outlined a shift in how law schools prepare their students for the legal system.
The analysis opens by noting a question posed to David Boies, who represented Harvey Weinstein, by an associate of his law firm. She asked if he would provide severance “so they could quit and focus on applying for jobs at other firms.” Boies said no, and according to Sibarium, this kind of pushback from other lawyers was not something America’s legal community was used to.
“Defending communists, terrorists, and cop killers had never been a crowd pleaser, but that’s what lawyers had to do sometimes: Defend people who were hated,” Sibarium wrote.
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