Should Lawyers Defend the Guilty? with Michael Huemer With Michael Huemer

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It is standardly thought that the duty of an attorney is to zealously advocate for his client’s interests — to attempt to secure the best outcome possible for the client, by any legal means, regardless of whether that outcome is just or unjust. This doctrine is held very widely and with very high confidence in the legal profession. But is it true? Philosopher Michael Huemer is skeptical, and provides arguments to back his position. Join him to hear his arguments and ask your questions!

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