Lawyers have a job to do. They fight for their clients. Good lawyers fight honestly and comply with their code of ethics.
Politicians have a job to do. It is to govern wisely, but too often they believe that it is to pander basely to the basest of their base.
You can decide whether this was governing or pandering. I vote for the latter.
No, I don’t think that Mumia was unfairly prosecuted, nor do I think he is innocent of the crime with which he was convicted. I have noticed that the farther away from the facts and from Philadelphia one gets, the stronger the “Free Mumia” movement.
But to smear an honest lawyer (yes, there are such persons; in fact, I’ve known a few) for acting like an honest lawyer is despicable. And precedented.