Advising the accused is not a politically popular job. But it is a necessary one. To criticize defense attorneys, the chief checks against prosecutorial abuse, is to promote a judicial system of error by stigmatizing a key motivator for better prosecution.
Americans, whether they are gun-toting conservatives from Texas or hipster liberals from New York, mostly want the same things. In this era of political polarization and gridlock, I find that an extremely comforting thought.