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The S.C. Bar Association is reportedly preparing a television offensive in South Carolina aimed at “defending the legal profession” from a barrage of attack ads launched by the Republican Governors Association in the Palmetto State’s 2014 gubernatorial election.

The ads (which we covered HERE and HERE) go after S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen for his representation of criminals charged with both violent and sex-related crimes (including sex crimes against minors).

The ads are designed to assist incumbent “Republican” Nikki Haley – who narrowly vanquished Sheheen in a Republican “wave” election four years ago.

The bar has already issued a statement urging its members to “defend the legal profession against blanket political attacks against lawyers.”

“Each and every one of us has a professional duty to ensure that justice is not rationed but is available to everyone,” association president Alice Paylor said in the statement. “It is the job of a criminal defense lawyer to ensure his or her client has a fair trial, not to defend the crime.”

Paylor goes on to instruct her members to “help the Bar fight back.”

“Lawyers promote good government and economic growth,” she wrote. “They represent the individual, the small business, the larger entities and the government. Some of those individuals are the poorest in our communities, and lawyers go to court for them without charge.”

Expect to see those themes echoed in any television spot produced on behalf of the S.C. Bar Association …