Chapter 3

IN THE NEWS

Defense attorneys use several ways to defend or rationalize their client’s alleged criminal behavior. Some of these methods deny that the client committed the offense, and some of them admit that the client committed the offense but provide reasons to excuse the client’s actions. Find one or more news articles that show how defense attorneys explain their client’s behavior

  1. Does the defense attorney admit that the client committed the offense or deny it?

Is the defense attorney’s rationale convincing to you? Was it convincing to the judge and the jury?