In your April 21 article "Stinging Debate Triggered by Indictment of Lawyer," with the subtitle "Defense Attorneys Under Siege," there were several quotes attributed to U.S. Atty. Peter K. Nunez that should not go unanswered.
First, Mr. Nunez certainly knows better than to insinuate that defense attorneys upholding our oath of office and our constitution are somehow not doing good for society. This concept is contrary to the very foundation of our criminal justice system, which is based on both the prosecution and defense playing vital roles to ensure that justice is done.
Next, Mr. Nunez states, "They (criminal defense attorneys) are not altruistic. They are generally not there to do good for society." This statement is just not true. Most attorneys representing those accused of crime do so because they are concerned about the welfare of others (Webster's definition of altruism), and because of a deep commitment to our society.
It should be noted that the financial rewards for working in the U.S. attorney's office are greater than the income earned by the majority of criminal defense attorneys.