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Jim Doyon

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Categories: Law

One of the longest-serving members of the Green River Task Force, Det. James Henry Doyon Jr. was determined to find the man responsible for killing 48 women in and around the Green River in Washington state.
It took 19 years of investigating leads and hunting for evidence, but in 2001, Doyon and his fellow officers arrested Gary L. Ridgway (a.k.a. the Green River Killer). As part of a plea deal that took the death penalty off the table, Ridgway pleaded guilty to 48 counts of aggravated murder and gave investigators additional information on the whereabouts of his victims. In 2003, he was sentenced to 48 consecutive life terms in prison.
Born in Everett, Wash., Doyon always wanted to be a police officer. He spent six years in the U.S. Naval Air Reserve before joining the King County Sheriff’s Office in 1972 as a road deputy. Over the years, he served as a criminal warrants investigator, an arson investigator, a field training officer and finally, a homicide detective.
A skilled interviewer with a keen eye for details, Doyon closed dozens of tough cases. He was called “Columbo” by his colleagues, and often attended the funerals of homicide victims. After 32 years in law enforcement, he retired from the major-crimes detective unit earlier this year.
Doyon died on Sept. 3 of Lou Gehrig’s disease at the age of 59. He was predeceased by his sister Cynthia Doyon, a popular Seattle radio host who committed suicide in Aug. 2003.


Marvin M. Mitchelson

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Categories: Criminals, Hollywood, Law, Military

mmitchelson.jpgMarvin Morris Mitchelson, a divorce lawyer for the rich and famous, died on Sept. 18 of cancer. He was 76.
The Detroit native was the only son of immigrant parents. Mitchelson served in the Navy as a medical corpsman, then earned degrees from UCLA and Southwestern University School of Law. He opened his own Los Angeles law practice in 1957.
After handling a wide variety of cases, Mitchelson earned national attention in 1963 for winning the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Douglas v. California, which guaranteed legal representation for indigent defendants appealing their sentences. However, it was his skill at deftly negotiating divorces that earned him a place among the Hollywood elite.
In his first celebrity divorce case, Mitchelson represented Pamela Mason, actor James Mason’s wife. She won a $1.5 million settlement, which was an unheard of amount in 1964. Over the next four decades, Mitchelson worked on cases involving Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hugh Hefner, Robert De Niro, Mick Jagger, Joan Collins and Mike Tyson.
Mitchelson also represented Michelle Triola, Lee Marvin’s former live-in girlfriend, when she sued for half of the actor’s $3.6 million income. Although the couple never wed, Triola felt she was entitled to these assets. In 1976, the California Supreme Court ruled that unmarried, cohabitating partners could legally seek property and assets upon separation if a written or oral contract existed, and that judges could determine whether cohabitating conduct equaled an implied contract. The Marvin v. Marvin case led to the coining of the phrase “palimony.” Triola eventually won a judgment for $104,000, but the state appeals court later overturned it.
Mitchelson’s high-class hobnobbing and jet-set lifestyle ended in 1988 when the State Bar of California charged him with six incidents of misconduct. Sotheby’s sued him for more than $1 million, then the Internal Revenue Service went after him for back taxes. He was convicted in 1993 of four felony counts of tax fraud for hiding nearly $2 million in income. After exhausting all of his appeals and declaring bankruptcy, Mitchelson served two years in federal prison, where he ran the law library and wrote appeals for inmates. The California State Bar allowed him to resume his law practice in 2000.
Mitchelson was married to the same woman for 45 years.


Michael Corbitt


Categories: Criminals, Law

Michael Corbitt lived a double life. Although he was a police chief in suburban Chicago, Corbitt also spent his entire law enforcement career working for the Mob.

Corbitt was 21 when he joined the Willow Springs, Ill., police force in 1965. A self-described “crooked cop,” he went from ignoring the nefarious deeds of “the Outfit” to actively participating in them. Corbitt was the town’s police chief from 1973 to 1981, then worked as an investigator for the Cook County Sheriff’s Department from 1981 to 1987. But he also moonlighted as a bodyguard, courier and driver for Sam “Momo” Giancana, one of the area’s most powerful crime bosses.

When Dianne Masters, a prominent college trustee and the wife of a mob attorney, disappeared in 1982, Corbitt resigned from the police department. Her body was found inside the truck of a Cadillac at the bottom of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal nine months later. Masters’ head was crushed and two .22-caliber bullets were found in her skull. Corbitt and two others, including her husband Alan, were indicted for conspiracy to commit murder in 1988. All three were convicted a year later.

Corbitt was serving a 20-year sentence in the Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center when he learned that members of the Mob had ordered a hitman to kill him and one of his sons. In response, he became an informant for the F.B.I. Although he faced additional racketeering charges, Corbitt’s information and cooperation earned him a reduced sentence. He was paroled in 1998.

Once he got out of the joint, Corbitt joined forces with true crime writer Sam Giancana, the nephew of Momo Giancana, and penned a bestselling tell-all book. “Double Deal: The Inside Story of Murder, Unbridled Corruption and the Cop Who Was a Mobster,” was released in 2003. His story also served as the basis for the 1992 TV movie “Deadly Matrimony.”

Corbitt died on July 27 of lung cancer. He was 60.

Listen to an Interview With Corbitt on WNYC


Andrew N.S. Glazer

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Categories: Education, Law, Media, Writers/Editors

aglazer.jpgAndrew Norman Glazer knew when to hold ’em. He knew when to fold ’em. He also knew how to teach the game to regular folks.
Glazer was the gaming columnist for the Detroit Free Press and the author of several books, including the popular “Casino Gambling the Smart Way.” As president of Casino Conquests International, he toured the country giving gambling seminars to “the great gambling middle class,” people who were not professional gamblers, but not beginners either.
Born in Massapequa, N.Y., Glazer graduated from the University of Michigan and the Emory University School of Law. (Half of his college tuition costs were paid for with gambling winnings.) Glazer later taught business and law classes at several universities, and a class called “Surviving the Casino” at Kennesaw State College in Atlanta.
Known as the “Poker Pundit,” he published articles in Chance Magazine,,, and Card Player Magazine. Glazer also co-authored “Poker Brat,” the biography of Phil Hellmuth, Jr., the youngest person ever to win the World Series of Poker. His final book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Poker,” will be released this fall.
Glazer died on July 4 of complications from a blood clot. He was 48.


Linda Blue

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Categories: Education, Law

When Linda Joy Blue joined the Metro Miami-Dade Police Department in 1970, female cops were still called “police women” rather than “police officers.”
But Blue never let her gender become a hindering factor in her law enforcement career. Instead, she rose through the ranks to become one of the first female detectives in the homicide unit and an original member of the sexual battery unit. She also spearheaded a campaign to launch the department’s domestic crimes bureau, which handles child exploitation, domestic violence, elderly abuse, Internet pornography and missing persons cases.
In the mid-1990s, Blue earned a promotion to the rank of major. She retired from the force in 2000 after being diagnosed with breast cancer. In her spare time, the Miami native founded a Reading Is Fundamental program, and donated quilts she created to shelters housing homeless children.
Blue lost her battle against cancer on June 17. She was 58.

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