Johnnie Cochran Dead at 67
Fox News reporting Johnnie Cochran died at age 67 due to a brain disorder/tumor.
More info as it becomes available. Our condolences to the Cochran family.
Update: The family has issued the following statement:
Family Statement on Cochran
The family of Attorney Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. and members of The Cochran Firm are deeply saddened by the passing of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. The world has lost not only a legendary attorney, but an outstanding humanitarian. He passed away at his home today at 12:30pst of a brain tumor.
Certainly, Johnnie's career will be noted as one marked by 'celebrity' cases and clientele. But he and his family were most proud of the work he did on behalf of those in the community. As Johnnie always said, 'an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' It was his rallying cry as he worked to right many wrongs, and as he provided a voice to those who needed to be heard. He was deeply committed to helping and inspiring others- especially young people. His extraordinary law career will undoubtedly stand the test of time. But it was his devotion to his fellow human beings that will remain as his true legacy.
Posted by John Tant at March 29, 2005 05:52 PM
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|# March 30th, 2005 8:57 AM countertop|
|Lots of people seem to hate the man for his spirited defense of OJ Simpson. I just don't get it. He was hired to do a job and did it very well.
The beauty of our system is that it does provide everyone a chance to defend themselves. Cochran understood his role, and he used every tool in his bag of tools to ensure his clients got the best representation possible.
Just because OJ could hire a better defense attorney than 99% of the people out there - doesn't mean he shouldn't have. If I were OJ, I would have done the same thing (though, of course, I wouldn't have killed my wife).
Cochran was a steller orator and sharp excellent litigator. His passing is a loss for his community and the legal profession.
|# March 30th, 2005 8:59 AM kris|
|I agree with you. I've got nothing against Cochran. Plus, he inspired the wonderful Jackie Childs character on Seinfeld. |