Eric has the scoop – and the audio – over at ProgressOhio.
Questioner: What do you think of the Bar Association coming out and basically blasting away on people who talk about lawyers and judges and their decisions.
Petro: I think the Bar Association properly points out that lawyers don’t always get to choose their client. I mean, there are times in my career- 33 years now as of…but there are times when the courts basically said to me ‘look, we want you to defend this guy. He’s a bad guy, but somebody needs to defend him’. What a lawyer does in defense of a client should not become a negative issue in a political campaign.
Even if that client is accused of heinous crimes, they are innocent until proven guilty and deserve a fair trial with a competent defense. It’s one of the cornerstones of American jurisprudence.