05/04/2013 10:27 EDT | Updated 07/04/2013 05:12 EDT

Alleged extremists need strong defence, lawyers say

Lawyers who represent those charged with terrorism-related offences say a well-functioning legal system needs people willing to argue the alleged perpetrator’s side in court — such as the lawyers readying to defend Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and alleged Via train attack plotter Raed Jaser.

- Lawyers who defend alleged extremists speak with Day 6's Brent Bambury

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"Thank goodness we have people who are willing to do this work," Tamar Birckhead told Day 6's Brent Bambury in a recent interview.

Birckhead represented Richard Reid in 2002. Reid pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives hidden in his shoes. Flight attendants and passengers foiled the attack by restraining Reid, who is now serving a life sentence at a maximum-security federal prison in Florence, Colo.

Birckhead and the other lawyers speaking with Bambury said their job is part of a well-functioning legal system.

For the full interview, which includes lawyers John Norris and Ronald Kuby, listen to the audio link above.