Liberal Public Defender Speaks Out About Minority Clients

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May 12, 2014 9:04am PST

Recently a self-described liberal public defender wrote a lengthy op-ed piece for the American Renaissance detailing the experiences he’s had over the years with minority clients, and E.T. Williams gives his take on it.

The article, titled “Confessions of a Public Defender,” was written by a man named Michael Smith, who said he’s been a public defender for decades in a large southern metropolitan area.

“As a young lawyer, I believed the official story that blacks are law abiding, intelligent, family-oriented people, but are so poor they must turn to crime to survive. Actual black behavior was a shock to me,” Smith said.

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He talked about how over 90% of his clients are black, something he has no explanation for however he believes that crime has racial patterns. Hispanics usually commit two types of crimes, according to Smith, sexual assault on children and driving while intoxicated. The handful of white people he’s represented have committed a variety of crimes, and his black clients commit violent crimes and tend to refrain from sexual crimes the majority of the time.

Smith holds the belief that the media “sugarcoats” stories having to do with black and minority crimes, presenting slanted stories and leaving out unflattering facts about cases he’s even worked on. He said they would even go as far as omitting black-sounding names and this all “rocked” his liberal, tolerant beliefs and it took him years to get past the illusions and accept the reality he’s subjected to daily.

He writes; “Although blacks are only a small percentage of our community, the courthouse is filled with them: the halls and gallery benches are overflowing with black defendants, families, and crime victims.”

The liberal lawyer described the courthouse as a “carnival” for black people, explaining how they all seem to know one another, “hundreds and hundreds each day, gossiping, laughing loudly, waving, and crowding the halls.”

The entire article goes to great lengths to describe the lawyer’s experiences in dealing with black clients and is well worth the read. From a white liberal’s perspective, the things he says are extremely grounded and offer a brutally honest perspective on the problem with violent crime our nation has, especially in heavily populated areas.

As always, E.T. Williams does an excellent job of summarizing what he read, and reaffirming the views of the lawyer. Many would call the white, liberal lawyer a racist, but what happens when a black man shares the same views, is he racist too?

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