THE RATIONALE OF LEGAL DEFENSE
PRESENTED by WALTER P. HELMKE
QUEST CLUB - March 15, 1968
"The Defenders1", "Perry Mason", "Judd for the Defense"
These dramatic television presentations of recent years all feature
unconquerable defense attorneys who, with ingenuity and brilliant
rhetoric, regularly humble the inept representatives of the people
who serve as Prosecuting Attorneys. The failure of the latter has
almost caused me to turn in my card as a member of the Prosecutors1
^fe Although the aforementioned shows are entertaining and create
some suspense, they aid in the creation of misconceptions regarding
criminal trials in the mind of the general public. After almost
every jury trial in the Allen Circuit Court, several jurors will
comment that the trial which they witnessed did not resemble at
all what they had imagined what it would be, i. e., like they had
seen on television.
The public's misconception of criminal justice arises not
only from T.V. programs but from a general lack of understanding
of basic constitutional rights afforded every U. S. citizen. Such
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