John James, you love to tout your military service. You supposedly fought for our freedoms. One of them was to have a judicial system that assures the rights of the accused. Carl Marlinga, Carl Marlinga did that job as a federal and state prosecutor (elected by the People of Macomb County for almost 2 decades), as a judge, and as a defense attorney. John Adams, made his career as a defense attorney, notably defending British soldiers, who were accused of crimes against colonists. He did so honorably. He became President of our Nation.
Mr. James, you attack Mr. Marlinga for whom he represented. The man could write a primer on the Constitution. Enshrined in that Constitution is the presumption of innocence. It is the starting point that the prosecution and defense begin a case. I have proudly stood as a buffer between the accused and the Government. I stand proudly with my sisters and brothers in the trench. We have acquitted some of the most maligned. Why, because the government, with all its resources, could not meet the heavy burden of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Mr. James, you are an affront to the men and women of this Nation who valiantly fought for those freedoms. Many died in doing so. Stay in your lane sir . . .
Michael L. Steinberg (P43481)
A trench defense attorney for 32 years
Member Board of Directors, Criminal Defense Attys of MI (2002-present)