I wrote last week about Fourth District Supervisor candidate R. Shawn Nelson and his efforts to distance himself from his work as a criminal defense attorney in my post “Shawn Nelson â€“ Freedom Fighter and Defender of the Accused.” Nelson has made a career of defending accused rapists, pedophiles, drunk drivers, and terrorists. When I got around to watching the March 9th recording of the Daily Show I gained some unexpectedÂ insight into what Nelson is dealing with.
Jon Stewart conducted an interviewÂ withÂ former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen author of the book,Â Â ”Courting Disaster.”Â Stewart started off the interview asking Thiessen about an editorial he wroteÂ in the Washington Post, “The ‘al-Qaeda seven’ and selective McCarthyism,” defending the efforts of Liz Cheney to attack attorneys who have represented “enemy combatants.”Â At about 3:50 into their interview Stewart and Thiessen have the following exchange:
STEWART: If you represent a pedophile are you then saying I am sympathetic to pedophiles – everybody that represents pedophiles is sympathetic to pedophiles, is that your contention?
THIESSEN: If you’re a lawyer and you decide to spend all of your time representing pedophiles (criminals), it would raise a question.
THIESSEN: Because – why are you so interested in – why are you trying to free these people?
STEWART: Because you believe in the rule of law and that the country’s fabric is decided not by the easiest cases to take but the hardest cases to take.
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I think Thiessen has provided some real insight into the plight of Shawn Nelson. His life’s work is defending accused criminals, including pedophiles, rapists, terrorists, etc.Â My guess is that as a conservative Republican he shares some of the same beliefs as Liz Cheney, and Marc Thiessen. This may explain the effort that Shawn Nelson has made to scrub all record of his actual work as aÂ criminal defense attorney.Â His own biography on his Supervisor campaign website reflects his apparent concern:
An attorney by profession, Council Member Nelson is the managing partner in the Santa Ana law firm of Rizio and Nelson. Mayor Nelson is a civil litigator and represents small business owners and individuals in a variety of legal matters.
Rank and file tea partiers, tea baggers,Â Republicans, wing-nuts, etc. cannot stomach people who represent “those people.” This might explain why Nelson managed to miss out on the endorsement of the ultra-conservative California Republican Assembly (CRA). They seem to want nothing to do with him.