Eric Rudolf's Legal Counsel

A few days ago we sang the praises of Eric Rudolf's defense lawyer, Judy Clarke. Today, the Associated Press has much more - a "one woman dream team." What a great and accurate description.

David I. Bruck, who helped Clarke defend Susan Smith, said she is intelligent and "tough as nails" in court, but also has a calming influence on clients.

"She's straightforward, she's direct, she's honest. That's essential in the process of convincing a client that he should spend the rest of his life in a steel cage," Bruck said.

A former president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Clarke gained prominence with the Smith case, convincing jurors that Smith did not deserve to die for drowning her sons by strapping them in a car and driving it into a lake. She donated her $83,000 fee for the case to a group that defends the poor in capital cases.

Before an Alabama judge appointed her to represent Rudolph, Clarke was assisting with the defense of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only U.S. defendant charged in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

We call her "Saint Judy."

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    Re: Eric Rudolf's Legal Counsel (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Apr 09, 2005 at 01:26:05 PM EST
    I have worked with Judy a couple of years ago and I have to agree, she's very special and entirely dedicated to her work. I'm happy that her discreet profile has kept her away from the media but strengthened her professional qualities.

    Re: Eric Rudolf's Legal Counsel (none / 0) (#2)
    by jimcee on Sat Apr 09, 2005 at 07:21:10 PM EST
    If he never leaves prison this finding is OK but somehow I get the feeling that TL in ten years will be telling us how his sentence is too harsh and his sentence should be reconsidered.