Judy Clarke

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Judy Clarke
Born1952 (age 59–60)
Asheville, North Carolina
EducationB.A. Furman University, 1974
J.D. University of South Carolina, 1977
OccupationAttorney
Spouse(s)Thomas H. Speedy Rice
Website
jcsrlaw.net
 
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Judy Clarke
Born1952 (age 59–60)
Asheville, North Carolina
EducationB.A. Furman University, 1974
J.D. University of South Carolina, 1977
OccupationAttorney
Spouse(s)Thomas H. Speedy Rice
Website
jcsrlaw.net

Judy Clarke (born 1952)[1] is an American criminal defense attorney who practices law in San Diego, California and has served as a public defender in many high-profile cases throughout the United States. Clarke has previously served as President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.[2][3] She also serves as a Professor of Practice at Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia.[4]

According to the Associated Press, "[s]he is one of the top lawyers in the country for defendants facing prominent death penalty cases, having represented clients such 'Unabomber' Ted Kaczynski and Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph. She has a reputation for working out plea deals that spare defendants the death penalty, as was the case for Rudolph and Kaczynski."[5] Clarke has also represented convicted Islamic terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui and child murderer Susan Smith, among others.[6] However, contrary to claims made by the Associated Press, Clarke was not involved in the legal representation of Timothy McVeigh, the executed perpetrator of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.[7] She has helped several high-profile defendants avoid capital punishment.[8] She's considered a "master strategist in death penalty cases" and opposes capital punishment.[9] Clarke returned to South Carolina the $82,944 fee approved by the trial judge for her defense of Susan Smith, so that the funds could be used to defend other indigent defendants charged with crimes.[8]

On January 10, 2011, the United States district court in Phoenix, Arizona assigned Clarke as defense counsel to Jared Lee Loughner, the perpetrator of the January 8, 2011 Tucson, Arizona shooting.[6] The Phoenix Public Defenders' Office had requested that Clarke be retained in order to allow Loughner to receive competent counsel without the possibility of a community-wide conflict of interest arising from proceedings against him for his alleged role in the shooting.[10] On August 7th 2012, Clarke brokered a deal sparing Loughner's life in exchange for a guilty plea to 19 counts, including the wounding of Gabrielle Giffords.

References

  1. ^ Judy Clarke profile, The Washington Post, retrieved 2011-01-11.
  2. ^ Judy Clarke Elected First Public Defender President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, August 13, 1996
  3. ^ "Judy Clarke - Professor of Practice". Washington and Lee University. 2011-01-10. https://law.wlu.edu/faculty/profiledetail.asp?id=209. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 
  4. ^ O'Neill, Ann (2011-01-12). "Lawyer keeps even the most loathed criminals off death row". CNN.com. Turner Broadcasting System. Archived from the original on 2011-01-12. http://www.webcitation.org/5vgYHhTKa. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  5. ^ Billeaud, Jacques (2011-01-24) Jared Loughner Pleads Not Guilty In Arizona Shooting, Associated Press
  6. ^ a b "Judy Clarke, who defended the 'Unabomber,' will defend Jared Lee Loughner". AOL News. 2011-01-10. http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/10/judy-clarke-who-defended-the-unabomber-will-represent-jared/?icid=maing. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 
  7. ^ "Correction: Congresswoman Shot Stories". MSNBC. 2011-01-12. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41040185/ns/us_news. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  8. ^ a b Glaberson, William (January 10, 2011). "A Defender Who's no Stranger to High -Profile Cases". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/11/us/11defender.html. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  9. ^ William Glaberson (2011-01-10). "Loughner’s Lawyer Is Called a Master Strategist". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/11/us/11defender.html. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  10. ^ "Famed 'Unabomber' lawyer Judy Clarke may defend Tucson shooting suspect". New York Daily News. 2011-01-10. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/01/10/2011-01-10_tucson_wants_famed_unabomber_lawyer_judy_clarke_to_defend_shooting_suspect_jared.html?r=news/. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 

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