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Tony Spencer Is No David Baugh

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Having seen Tony Spencer's letter ("Raising an Objection to Lawyer David Baugh," Jan. 31), I am compelled to comment.

In the first place, if one were able to survey all the practitioners of criminal law in the area, I am more than confident that Mr. Baugh's integrity, honesty and hard work on behalf of his clients would greatly exceed that demonstrated by Mr. Spencer. Being familiar with both of them, I can honestly say that David Baugh is a real lawyer. He has been practicing law since the day he was able to and has done extraordinarily good work, both here and elsewhere.

Mr. Baugh has worked in an arena far removed from Mr. Spencer's experience. For example, David was one of the lawyers representing the first set of World Trade Center bombers, as well as the African Embassy bombers, and did an exemplary job. In addition, he has been president of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Richmond Criminal Bar Association, and is a board member of the criminal law section of the Virginia State Bar. He is a widely respected and sought-after continuing legal education speaker. He handles death penalty cases all across the country.

Yes, David is very zealous in representation of his clients, and is very sensitive to anything that suggests that his client is not getting a fair shake, either from the judge or the prosecutor. For Tony Spencer to place himself on the same level as David Baugh is a gross insult to those layers who have worked at the highest level of our profession, and Mr. Spencer, quite frankly, does not now and never will have the level of expertise and insight that David Baugh possesses, even in his dreams.

John B. Boatwright III

Attorney
Richmond

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