7 responses to “Doherty Shows Uncommon Lack of Integrity in Bid”

  1. Watchemoket

    I don’t understand why the RI Bar Association hasn’t issued some kind of statement condemning the Doherty Campaign for those “he defended criminals” ads. Doherty is a former State Police Officer – he should know better than most that all criminal defendants are entitled to legal representation. 

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  2. DogDiesel

    Let’s not forget that Mr. Cicilline initiated this when he attacked Doherty on women’s issues. All defendants deserve adequate legal protection but no one lives in a bubble including lawyer/legislators. If Doherty had as many integrity issues as Mr. Cicilline (Lying to the electorate, leaving Providence in financial ruins, giving out PEDP loans to campaign insiders, failing to report loan defaults, and failing maintain safe schools) then this wouldn’t even a blip on the radar. I guess if you have nothing else to criticize Doherty for then you you should probably cling to it.

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  3. Watchemoket

     

    Definition of INTEGRITY

    1
    : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/integrity

    in·teg·ri·ty
       [in-teg-ri-tee] noun

    1.
    adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/integrity

     So, because he claims that Mr. Cicilline is such a dishonest politician, Colonel Doherty’s integrity gets to take a vacation? Isn’t that convenient. What was it about women’s issues that Cicilline attacked Doherty in a dishonest manner? 

    I’m not sure what your point is with the ‘living in a bubble’ comment – either a lawyer does their job or they do not. If that job includes representation of those accused of crimes – even horrific, heinous crimes such as rape – how does that equate to living in a bubble or not?

     

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  4. DogDiesel

    “So, because he claims that Mr. Cicilline is such a dishonest politician, Colonel Doherty’s integrity gets to take a vacation?”
     
    Don’t you mean Mr. Cicilline is a dishonest politician and where did the Colonel’s integrity take a vacation? Is there something he said that isn’t true? How can you say someone supports women’s issues when he gets paid to defend rapists and women abusers? The fact is he opposed mandatory sentencing in the legislature because it makes his job harder. You can cling to the uncommon integrity crap all you want but David Cicilline is the worst of the worst when it comes to politicians.

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  5. Watchemoket

    “where did the Colonel’s integrity take a vacation?”
    >>  An attorney representing the accused is not guilty of his client’s crimes. Mr. Doherty’s campaign has repeatedly alluded to just that. It is wrong and unbecoming of an individual touting his integrity. Mr. Doherty knows better.<< 
    Remember the article we’re commenting about?  
    Don’t you think it is dishonest for a law enforcement veteran to run campaign ads that equate an attorney with his client’s crimes (especially when the client has not yet been found guilty while the attorney is representing him)? 
    With regard to mandatory sentencing, that is a matter of opinion. Personally, I would rather have judges with full information reason decide the sentences for convicted criminals. The court is the most appropriate place to decide sentences – not the legislature. We may have differences of opinion, but how does that equate an attorney with his clients?

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  6. DogDiesel

    An attorney representing the accused is not guilty of his client’s crimes.”



    You’re absolutely correct yet one can’t be called an advocate for women when he practices otherwise. I don’t think the Doherty campaign should have pursued that line of debate. It just provided Cicilline apologists with a talking point. He ample ammunition in Cicilline’s track record as a legislator voting against protection of women and sex offender registration.
     
    Personally, I would rather have judges with full information reason decide the sentences for convicted criminals. The court is the most appropriate place to decide sentences – not the legislature.”
     
    In the perfect world you would be right. But the mandatory sentencing set by the legislature is the only control that the electorate has regarding the standards of adequate punishment and rehabilitation. It’s not perfect but it prevents some judges, who are nothing more than political appointees, from going rogue. It also has nothing to do the lawyer-client relationships but everything to do with Mr. Cicilline’s voting record in the GA.
     

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  7. cailin rua

    I’ve been lukewarm in my support of Cicilline up until now.  Those attack ads have really made me much more enthusiastic about his candidacy.  It is really beyond belief that anyone with any kind of respect for the Constitution and the rights of the accused would fault a defense attorney for doing their job.  I think it takes “uncommon integrity’ to ensure that even the most reviled in society get a fair trial. 

     

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