Whether an accused citizen turns out to be innocent or guilty, the right to “equal justice” under the law requires that someone have the opportunity to have a skilled lawyer to assist with a defense.
The ability to challenge the government’s evidence and provide meaningful explanation of events from the individual’s perspective is central to the level playing field where justice is sought.
This role is celebrated when it is shown that a person has been wrongly accused. It should be celebrated in every case. The American belief in equality for all means equality for each of us, even when it’s difficult and unpopular.