Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Johnnie Cochran 1937-2005

At this time we mourn the passing of Johnnie Cochran, a brilliant lawyer who was admired by his friends and respected by his adversaries. It is somewhat unfortunate that the landmark case that he will be remembered for more than any other is the aquittal of O.J. Simpson because Johnnie Cochran had a long distinguished career in the area of civil rights. New York City has a history of looking the other way when it comes to police abuse. Many minorities have been killed while the police walked. Johnnie Cochran obtained a rare victory for Abner Louima who was brutally raped with a broomstick by a patrolman named Volpe. Cochran won the case, Louima got justice (to the tune of one million plus) and Volpe got time. The dapper Mr. Cochran was the epitome of confidence who looked far younger than his sixty seven years. Another Cochran triumph was when he was able to free Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt, the former black panther who spent twenty seven years of his life in jail for a crime he didn't commit. Johnnie Cochran may be gone but he leaves behind a legacy of focused determination for justice. He was a man who led by example.

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