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Monday, January 17, 2011

A 60 Minutes Story

Last night I watched a segment on 60 Minutes about Jared Loughner, the individual arrested for the horrendous acts in Tucson, Arizona. What many have found unusual about this young man is the lack of any arrest or criminal record.  People often point to what they perceive as the failed justice system in an attempt to find some answer to the question 'why'.  Here is the link to the 60 minutes story- The Tucson Story: Descent into Madness and the video is below.

What is clear from this story is that Loughner is a very disturbed individual. Loughner was a very disturbed individual once in college. Scary for any parent who has a child in college. The college couldn't treat his illness. His family couldn't treat it. Criminal attorneys know that the courts are not equipped to deal with mental illness.  Now we are left with a tragedy beyond words.

Loughner has an attorney. Judy Clarke is an attorney that has never shied away from tough cases. Reminds me about the most unpopular person in the room post. Acting in the best interest of their client when the world is against you is what the best defense attorneys do.  That is the job. Many will disagree with the job, but I would hate to see the state of our justice system without it.

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