Wednesday, March 30, 2005

No, Johnnie, No!

Say it ain't so! Johnnie Cochran, made famous nationally for the high profile defense of O.J. Simpson's double murder charge, pioneer for victims of police brutality and civil rights violation, has died from an inoperable brain tumor at age 67.

Damn! Having lost my Mother to cancer at an even younger age (44) I can't help but feel saddened by this. Cancer can be a very dehumanizing way to die, having witnessed it first hand.

Many people probably detest Cochran still for his masterful defense of Simpson, but really the only thing he did was defend his client to the fullest. Something everyone would want from their attorney. I don't think he can be looked at any differently because of that. After all, he has provided needed legal council to many individuals in the L.A. area over the past three decades resulting in historical victories (as well as stoic financial settlements) for his clients.

The law is full of under-the-table dealings and morals tend to get tested on a daily basis within the many avenues of practice. Like those who perform other dirty deeds that need doing nonetheless, Cochran was one of the finest at his craft.

For the full story, follow this link from the L.A. Times.