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Michael Sterling, Smith's defense attorney, painted Smith as "the kind of district attorney you want" because he didn't ignore the claims of a criminal defendant who felt he was being targeted and even put himself on the line in the process. Sterling spoke with the volume and cadence of a southern Baptist preacher.

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