...while I have more than a few problems with our country's chief prosecutor, I don't want to neglect our friends in the defense bar, for whom, I am constrained to confess, lying, or the functional equivalent thereof, is often the only way out, given the clientele. While in my opinion deceit degrades the legal profession, misleading tactics by the defense are accepted by professional norms, at least as long as they don't devolve into point-blank perjury, fabricating evidence, assassinating witnesses or something unpleasant like that.
Still, one would think that basic decency would intrude at some point. It certainly should have when the lawyer for Ariel Castro, Craig Weintraub, told a gaggle of reporters (tape here) that he was "very concerned about having the [victims] go through the stress of a trial."
At first I thought this re-defined the word "cynical," but on reflection, I think it re-defines the word "disgusting." It's somewhere in the Twilight Zone to think that the defense has anything a normal person would regard as "concern" for the victims. What's actually going on is that Mr. Weintraub is using what he hopes will be the victims' anguish at having to relive their ordeal in order to goose the prosecutor into a favorable plea bargain for the man who relished his ten fun-filled years of putting them through it.
This is the defense bar version of "concern for victims." It's also a good thing to remember when some holier-than-thou defense lawyer starts in on how he's just standing up for the Constitution.