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. KeepFearAlive

    WHERE >> IN THE WORLD ... Is John McCain These Days ????????? Funny that the ARIZONA SENATOR seems nowhere to be Heard .... ... just an interesting observation....

    January 10, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • dike

      Mr.McCaiin is having dinner with the NRA for figuring out how to curtail any backlash....

      January 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • conoclast

      That is indeed an interesting observation; just where IS the distinguished senator from Arizona during his state's awful trauma?

      January 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    @Chris: I want to slap you too.

    January 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ceaser

      Go Ahead Punk! Slap Yourself and MAKE MY DAY!

      January 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chris

    Ms. Clarke's former clients, Ted Kaczynski and Zacarias Moussaoui were both found guilty and are serving life sentences without parole. So if that's any indication of her skills, I am all for her representing this guy.

    January 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AMERICA 1st

    All those terrorist ragheads at gitmo, use em as shark food!

    January 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Arthur

    She's very handsome.

    January 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. leeintulsa

    Wonder how she gets all these impossible cases. Seems like loss after loss would look bad on her resume

    January 10, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hesaidit

    Nuts. I guess the West-burrow folks need to be in the news.

    January 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan

    The line between terrorist/militant/mentally ill is as fine as the slash marks printed here. There were apparently many signs that this individual was mentally ill - or, at a minimum, deserving a mental evaluation. All I am reading are stories and comments about the distorted shape of our political discourse and a bit on gun control - though very, very little. If anyone failed the victims and the assailant, it was the mental health care community. We have once again confirmed that as a country, we have immeasurable disregard for mental health care. Had he been under the care of a mental health professional, this might have happened anyway. We owe to ourselves, to the victims and to the victims' families to being a serious results-oriented national debate on the incredible flaws that exist in our mental health 'system'. BTW, I am a gun control advocate. In this case, however, it seems that everyone would have been far better off had EVERYONE had a weapon. Either arm everyone or arm no one.

    January 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • conoclast

      Let's go with the 'if everyone had a weapon' scenario: say there were 4 or 5 people there with guns; your suggestion is that they all draw down and blast away at the guy?? Does it occur to you that if that had happened it would have turned into a bloodbath? Fact is there were people in the crowd carrying weapons; they are to be congratulated for their wise restraint!

      January 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    @Publius: What is your true name fool! Who are you??

    January 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Publius 13

      My name is Cesar. I thought you knew.

      January 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. OoohYea

    WAR EAGLE GO AUBURN

    January 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sldr1

    Just because someone practices muslum does not mean they are Arabic. One's race has nothing to do with the religion they choose. Now, before you beat me up over this, I do understand that the majority of the Arabic nation are muslum. Thera are also AMERICAN people who have converted to the ideals of the muslum faith. That being said, just because someone practices the muslum faith does not make them a terrorist. There are extremest muslums as there are with any religion (Westboro is a prime example, hiding behind the church to spread hate.), but to say that because someone is muslum they are terrorist is just an ignorant comment.

    January 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dike

    Thank god he was not from one of the prejudiced lot like black, muslim, hispanic, gay etc... we all need some closure but all the hatred keeps adding up and messing up this country, he is just a mentally retarded person who should have been treated his parents long before it it came to this.

    January 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. angryveteran

    @Brian
    You sound like a idiot. Where do you get your information, Fox News Network? That sounds like something this poor ignorant gunman would say. I sincerly hope you were joking.

    January 10, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. James / Houston

    All his clients had been convicted and serving life terms.

    January 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fl atty

    The job of a lawyer in litigation is to zealously represent their client within the bounds of the law. The outcome is not within their control, nor is it an indicator of their ability.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
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