It does not follow, just because a defense attorney represents a person that has committed terrible crimes, that the attorney wants everybody to be allowed to do the same thing. At first blush, it is easy to understand how someone might make that mistake. Careful thought, however, will make the answer clear.

It can be said with some admirable clarity that the United States has not seen a figure step onto Russia’s political stage with Putin’s charisma and statesmanship since Khrushchev banged his shoe on the podium at the United Nations General Assembly in the 1960s.