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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:44 PM

Unabomber, Boston Marathon bomber attorney to represent Tree of Life shooting defendant

https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14488054-74/unabomber-boston-marathon-bomber-attorney-to-represent-tree-of-life-shooting-defendant

Jeff HimlerJEFF HIMLER | Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, 12:06 a.m.
A prominent San Diego attorney who has represented such high-profile defendants as the Boston Marathon bomber and the Unabomber has been named to help lead the defense team for the man accused of fatally shooting 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue

A grand jury alleged in its indictment that Bowers, of Baldwin, went to the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood during Saturday morning services for the three congregations and opened fire with an AR-15 and three handguns.

In addition to those killed, six others were injured — among them four police officers who exchanged fire with Bowers during multiple gun battles. Bowers was shot and injured and was treated at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.


Judy Clarke, of the legal firm of Clarke Johnston Thorp & Rice, was assigned as a lead attorney for accused gunman Robert Bowers. She has represented a number of high-profile murder defendants who have avoided the death penalty — including Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph and Jared Loughner, who killed six people and wounded 13 others, including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in a mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz.

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Reply Unabomber, Boston Marathon bomber attorney to represent Tree of Life shooting defendant (Original post)
lunasun Jan 11 OP
hlthe2b Jan 11 #1
gratuitous Jan 11 #2
LisaM Jan 11 #3
Progressive Law Jan 11 #4
Turbineguy Jan 11 #5
keithbvadu2 Jan 11 #6
TomSlick Jan 11 #7

Response to lunasun (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:46 PM

1. well, that's a legal specialty I doubt many are clamoring for...

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Response to lunasun (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:49 PM

2. I hope Robert Bowers gets the best possible legal representation

So that when he's found guilty, there won't be any appeal based on incompetent lawyering. Then I want him to go to prison for a very long time.

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Response to lunasun (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:59 PM

3. I saw her speak once, a very interesting woman.

She believes deeply in the right of anyone to competent counsel, even while knowing that many of the people she defends committed the crimes they're being tried for. It's stressful, and she said she sometimes had to explain to her little niece why she took these cases. She certainly left me with an appreciation for the work public defenders do - and of course, many people who need a public defender aren't guilty at all. I don't think she's necessarily trying to get the defendants sent back out into the streets, she's just ensuring that the trials are conducted in a fair manner.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judy_Clarke



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Response to lunasun (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:33 PM

4. As a Public Defender...

...I understand how people might wonder why I chose to defend people arrested for crimes, even the ones who do not claim innocence. When I am defending a client, I do not necessarily need to "like" that client (though it helps). Rather, I appreciate all the protections enshrined in the Constitution. That is where I draw my energy from in situations where I am defending an abominable and vile client.

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Response to Progressive Law (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:50 PM

5. No matter how despicable a person is,

they are still entitled to a fair trial. That's how it's supposed to work.

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Response to lunasun (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 09:01 PM

6. After a multitude of failed 'defenses', could a defendant have a reasonable claim of incompetence ab

After a multitude of failed 'defenses', could a defendant have a reasonable claim of incompetence about their lawyer?

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Response to lunasun (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 09:15 PM

7. It is essential that all defendants - especially the unpopular ones - have the best possible defense

Competent defense counsel are essential if we are to have any confidence in the criminal justice system.

John Adams is a hero among American lawyers for his defense of the British soldiers' in their trial following the Boston Massacre. He was convinced to take on the defense by Samuel Adams, who (at least in part) instigated the protest that lead up to the events.

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