Criminal Justice

Loughner's Lawyer

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The New York Times' William Glaberson profiles Judy Clarke, the public defender who is representing alleged Tucson shooter Jared Loughner:

Ms. Clarke has helped a number of infamous defendants avoid death sentences, including Theodore J. Kaczynski, the Unabomber; Eric Robert Rudolph, the Atlanta Olympics bomber; and Susan Smith, the South Carolina woman who drowned her toddlers.

Over a legal career of more than 30 years, Ms. Clarke has become perhaps the best-known federal public defender in the country, with a reputation for taking on cases that seem impossible.

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