Monday's most intriguing people
Judy Clarke was one of the Unabomber defense attorneys, shown here with Quin Denvir, from left, and Gary Sowards in 1998.
January 10th, 2011
12:12 PM ET

Monday's most intriguing people

Judy Clarke

The federal public defender known for handling high-profile cases has been appointed to represent Jared Lee Loughner, the 22-year-old charged with murder and attempted assassination of a member of Congress in the Tucson shootings that killed six and wounded 14, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Clarke defended "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski and assisted in the case of confessed al Qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaoui. Clarke has a private practice but works with the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel, according to National Public Radio.

Luis Posada Carriles

The 82-year-old CIA-trained explosives expert has been accused of some major crimes, including plotting to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro and a series of blasts that killed a tourist in Havana.  Posada, an anti-Castro Cuban militant, is now being tried in the U.S. In a trial scheduled to begin Monday in El Paso, Texas, Posada, whom Castro has called  "the most dangerous terrorist in the Western Hemisphere," faces 11 counts of lying to officials about how he entered the United States in 2005 and his alleged involvement in attacks on Cuba. He faces five to eight years in prison if convicted.

Alex Villec

The 19-year-old sophomore at Georgetown University has known U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords for years, having worked door to door with her during Giffords' re-election campaign in 2008, according to Time magazine. Villec told Time he was approached by a fidgety young man Saturday at the political meet-and-greet in Tucson where Giffords and 19 others were shot. "I told him, 'She is meeting with a constituent right now, but you are welcome to get in line and wait,' " Villec is quoted as saying. "The eerie thing now is how he dismissed me. As the rest of my words were trailing off, he abruptly turned and left," Villec told Time.

Later, Villec said, "I saw him raise his shooting arm. Then he opened fire."

Zach Parker

The senior at Searsport High School in Maine has drafted a bill that would ban people across the United States from protesting at military funerals, according to CNN affiliate WABI. He presented his proposal, which originated as a school project, at a forum last week, where about 200 former members of the military expressed support. Parker was motivated by the controversial actions of  members of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas.

According to WABI, a representative from the church sent Parker an e-mail that said, in part, "You must be living in a painful Spiderman movie." Parker planned to solicit revisions from the public and send the bill to Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe.

soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. conoclast

    ...and looking elsewhere in Arizona: GO DUCKS!

    January 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Name*brian

    If these idiots go to this little girls funeral I hope somebody takes drastic action to deal with these mongrels. As for this shooter getting anything other than a bullet to the head...well someday this country will catch on.

    January 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ChiefWhiz

    Why is NO ONE talking about this connection????? Loughner went to a Bill Ayres sponsored high school.

    January 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • YankExPat

      Have you checked under the couch? Your bottle of meds might be under there.

      January 10, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. zatox

    An individual killed these people not a race, religions etc.

    January 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jt

    No one has learned a single thing from Saturdays massacre. There is nothing here but hate and that is the saddest thing of all. There are a few people who are not spewing hatred but the rest of you..... STOP IT ALREADY!!!!!!! Enough is enough. My deepest sympathies to the families of all the victims and my prayers are with them as are most of our nations prayers. God bless you all and may God Bless Our Nation who is so divided that even with this happenening people are still trying the blame game.

    January 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nats

    What disgusts me is that it is supposed to be a Church. Remember forgiveness and love? Protest the war if you want. Protest the policies. March for Peace and HIM. These soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice doing what their country asked. I wouldn't protest a funeral of a Nazi. Why can't they see HIS way? The Pastor should be incredibly ashamed.

    January 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nats

    That said, and I'm not an evangelist.

    January 10, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    This is a fine display of the hatred in our hearts. We can take away ever gun and every weapon from this earth but unless we (yes you yes me) get rid of the hatred in our hearts our grandchildren will fill the world once again with weapons. I am truely shocked and greatly saddened by those who make this situation into some kind of joke. This is real life people. It's time we all own our needs to heal the part of ourselves that allow so much hatred to exsist in this world and in our own minds. We boldly make jokes at that which is quite serious. Grow up! We are no longer the children we are the adults. Folks in the 60's and 70's risked their lives to teach people about peace. They were shot dead. It was our cue to STFU and we did. At great cost. Now when the world needs once again a true healing we cowardly make jokes when the hearts of many are bleeding. Wow! I'm sending as much love and light to the familes and all affected (even you) what will you do as your part? Another "joke". That's the best some can do. That is a very sad fact.

    January 10, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. amanda

    There is no shortage of yet another useless overflow in this country-EGO and IGNORANCE.

    January 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |

    My vote? That's easy. Ronald McDonald.

    January 11, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. mikey

    When westboro comes into the cemetery they should be arrested for trespassing the owners can do that most cemeteries are privatly owened i wouold laugh as they were carried away.

    January 11, 2011 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. mikey

    To everybody i am sorry for misspelling anything i am tired so good nite to everyone and have fun

    January 11, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. mikey

    I am sorry for any misspelling in my last post i am tired so good nite and enjoy your evening

    January 11, 2011 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
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