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Month: July 2015

CLARENCE DARROW’S LETTERS

CLARENCE DARROW’S LETTERS

I have just finished reading a lengthy book In the Clutches of the Law edited by Randall Tietjen.  I suspect that no court room lawyer has achieved more notoriety then Clarence  Darrow (1857 – 1938) his many famous cases included the Scopes trial where he defended a schoolteacher charged with the crime of teaching evolution and the Leopold and Loeb case where he argued against the death penalty for two young men who had brutally murdered a young boy. He…

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John Carabba, Stanley Bruhn & David Welts deceased

John Carabba, Stanley Bruhn & David Welts deceased

I've written about John Carabba before. See https://www.paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2009/07/john-carabba-died-monday-july-14-2009-at-the-island-hospital-in-anacortes-he-had-fallen-on-the-friday-before-and-fractured.html John Carabba died Monday July 14, 2009 at the Island Hospital in Anacortes. His background was the American story. After getting out of the Navy at Whidbey Island he moved toAnacortes, my home town. He operated a Chevron service station at 12th and Commerical for many years, but over the time had many other successful business interests. My connection to John was his friendship with my dad and our family. He was honored with…

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“I THINK WE NEED TO KILL MORE PEOPLE” Prosecutor Dale Cox Louisana

“I THINK WE NEED TO KILL MORE PEOPLE” Prosecutor Dale Cox Louisana

These are the words of Dale Cox, a prosecutor and Caddo Parish Louisiana. As to the death penalty he insists "we need it  more now than ever." He has personally been the prosecutor in half of the death sentences in Louisiana since 2010. In a case where he convicted a father of wrongfully killing his child he told the jury that when it comes to a person who harms a child, "Jesus demands his disciples kill the abuser by placing…

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MARY THELMA BABAROVICH

MARY THELMA BABAROVICH

On an early Friday morning, July 7th2000, my mother Mary Thelma Babarovich, died in her sleep at the San Juan Care Center. Her  death was not unexpected. After all, she was born on December 28, 1905 and was ninety four years old when she died. She had been in failing health for some time. Her passing was, in fact, a personal blessing to her as she had been ready to meet her maker for some time. I've published an account…

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DANIEL F. SULLIVAN Trial Lawyer Extraordinary

DANIEL F. SULLIVAN Trial Lawyer Extraordinary

I've written about my  friend Dan Sullivan  who died at age 86 on July 1st 2012: https://www.paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2012/07/daniel-f-sullivan-july-1-2012.html  I've said about him: "Dan was my mentor and my friend. It was Dan I turned to for professional help. We associated on many cases and worked together many times. We enjoyed each others company and laughed a lot. Dan had that great Irish sense of humor. He was a great trial lawyer with an enormous heart and a high sense of ethics. It was impossible not…

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NICOLA LUVERA my grandfather

NICOLA LUVERA my grandfather

 I've written about my grandfather, Nicola Luvera before: https://www.paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2014/07/nicola.html He died on Independence Day, July 4, 1956 well  into his nineties. This Italian immigrant never learned English and had almost no education, but was hard working. His courage in immigrating to Canada and earning enough to bring his family too, illustrates what a unusual person he was. He worked  hard all his life. First, as a railroad hand installing track, then in  the coal mines and the saw mills until he joined my dad…

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