Thursday, May 04, 2006

On the late Bob Ritchie

Here is an interesting recollection of a Knoxville lawyer, who had some cases here in Southwest Virginia.

The story concludes:

"In private, many lawyers are known to wax cynical about one client or another, or the criminal-defense line of work in general. I was kind of a wise guy myself, and tried, but could never work any cynicism out of Bob Ritchie. He believed in the criminal-justice system and in the daily importance of his part in it. Sometimes I even suspected that Bob Ritchie really believed his clients were innocent. It may take that willful belief, no matter how much energy it requires, to do that job as well as he did."

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