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Richard Robbins

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Categories: Law, Musicians

Richard Robbins, a lawyer with a love of singing, died on Sept. 10 from a stroke. He was 69.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Robbins earned a law degree from the University of Wisconsin. He played piccolo in the school’s marching band and sang with the barbershop quartet, Treble Shooters.
Robbins then moved to Chicago where he worked as a patent attorney and sang with several quartets, including the Windy City Four, Harmony First, the Ragtimers and the Good Old Days. In 1969, he won the Award for Barbershopping Excellence.


Sid McMath

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Categories: Law, Military, Politicians

Sidney S. McMath, the former governor of Arkansas, died on Oct. 4. Cause of death was not released. He was 91.
McMath graduated from the University of Arkansas with a law degree in 1936. During World War II, he served with the Marines in the South Pacific, where he achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Upon his return to the states, McMath began a career in public service. He became a prosecuting attorney in 1946 and was elected governor two years later. Although he modernized the state’s roadways and extended electricity access, the Democratic leader was dogged by a scandal in the state Highway Department. He was never directly linked to any wrongdoing, but three members of his administration were indicted, then acquitted.
Leland F. Leatherman and Henry Woods co-founded a Little Rock law practice with McMath after his final term as governor ended. McMath published his autobiography, “Promises Kept,” this year.


John R. Feegel


Categories: Law, Medicine, Writers/Editors

John R. Feegel, a Florida medical examiner who became an award-winning novelist, died on Sept. 16. Cause of death was not released. He was 70.

The son of a police officer, Feegel grew up to become a forensic pathologist, a trial attorney and the chief medical examiner in Tampa. He performed thousands of autopsies; the death of Elvis Presley and Atlanta serial killer Wayne B. Williams were two of his most famous cases.

Feegel also wrote seven mystery novels. In 1976, he won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his first book, “Autopsy.”


Robert Kardashian


Categories: Business, Law

Robert Kardashian, an attorney who represented O.J. Simpson during his infamous murder trial, died on Sept. 30 from cancer of the esophagus. He was 59.

On June 16, 1994, Simpson spent the night at Kardashian’s home. In the morning, he was supposed to turn himself in to authorities and face charges of stabbing his wife, Nicole Brown, and waiter Ron Goldman, to death. Instead, Simpson and his friend Al Cowlings led police on a slow-speed chase that ended at Simpson’s Brentwood home. He was eventually arrested and charged with the killings.

Kardashian served as one of the attorneys on Simpson’s defense team, which won a “not guilty” verdict on Oct. 3, 1995. Simpson was found liable for the killings in a civil trial, and was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages.

Kardashian later shared his doubts of Simpson’s innocence on the ABCNews show “20/20,” and in the book, “American Tragedy: The Uncensored Story of the Simpson Defense” by Lawrence Schiller and James Willwerth. The book was also adapted into a TV mini-series.

Kardashian graduated from the University of Southern California in 1962. He earned a law degree from the University of San Diego and practiced law for about a decade before leaving the field to work in business. He and Simpson were friends for over 25 years. They lived together in the 1970s and started Juice Inc., a corporation that owned and operated several frozen yogurt shops.


Arthur Kinoy

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Categories: Education, Law, Military

akinoy.jpgArthur Kinoy, a law professor and veteran civil rights lawyer, died on Sept. 19 of a heart attack. He was 82.
Kinoy graduated from Harvard University and served in the U.S. Army in north Africa and Italy during World War II. When he returned to the states, he received his law degree from Columbia University and set out to establish voting privileges, integration and civil rights for African-Americans.
In 1965, Kinoy was investigated by the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee for representing the International Workers Order and the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers Union of America, both of which the government considered to be fronts for the Communist Party. When he was called to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Kinoy caused such a ruckus that he was ejected from the hearing room and convicted of disorderly conduct. Three years later, the U.S. Court of Appeals overturned the conviction.
Known as “The People’s Lawyer,” Kinoy worked on the appeal of the 1950s espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and on the trial of the Chicago Seven, a group of anti-war activists who were charged with conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention. He also co-founded the Center for Constitutional Rights, an organization dedicated to using the law to advance human rights and fight oppression.
In 1972, Kinoy argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that President Richard Nixon’s use of wiretaps was a violation of constitutional protections against unreasonable searches. He won that case and four others before the highest court in the land.
For more than a quarter of a century, Kinoy taught at Rutgers University Law School. An autographed copy of his memoirs, “Rights on Trial: The Odyssey of a People’s Lawyer,” is available in the Rutgers Law Library.

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