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. brit

    My grandfather was friends with the giffords family..... and yes westbro baptist is planning on protesting the little girls funeral. i am going to do what i can to peacefully protest their not so peacefull protests.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fl atty

    @amanda, what I wrote was pretty simple, but Ill break it down some more for you: judges and juries decide who "wins" a trial. If a lawyer protects their clients rights they've done their job even if the jury or judge finds for the other guy.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Grundoon

    WBC Started out this mess when Christ the King church invited AIDS patients to their services. The Priest said anyone seeking Christ so close to their death was welcome be in His house. Phred got word and started picketing. Then he started protesting their funerals, then they picketed pediatrics AIDS victims, then military funerals, and then any high profile funeral. It's all about attention with them and as the attention grew you notice how he kept takign it up a notch. Other religious leaders tried to reason with Phred and he would picket their church too. He even picketed a Christian resteraunt in North Topeka and when they took a break they went in and bought lunch. Can you believe that. Phred was asked about that in an interview to a Topeka station. He's talking about how WBC loves free speech and invited people to picket them. He said, "We'll even bake you cookies." He is a sick mofo.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Globie359

    To all of you spewing on about Sara Palin the truth might be more than you can take........ She stole that graphic from someone else..........

    http://www.dlc.org/ndol_ci.cfm?contentid=253055&kaid=127&subid=171

    January 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jorge washinsen

    who left the asylum door open?

    January 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hispanic

    How ironic that in Arizona where anti-Hispanic is so prevalent, that a Hispanic man saves the life of an American Congresswoman while a white all American boy commits an act of terrorism!!! We make a habit of generalizing racial profiles calling all Mexicans as illegal or MidEasterns as terrorist, then all whites are gun nut trashes with personal agendas.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jack D..

    People that protest at any funeral do not speak on behalf of God. I don't think the kid has a ghost of a chance of getting this passed but there should be a local law that can legislate a reasonable distance away out of sight of the ceremony. As a Christian I don't see this as "good Christian behavior" more extremist like..........you know freak'n NUTS!

    January 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. brian steinker

    Its true cnn.com confirmed it. He's a convert. He's a muslim. And our nations president is to be blame for all of this. Barack Obama. Heck I voted for him but I regret it

    January 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • sandra

      Brian, I hope you're intelligent enough to understand this quote. Judging from your comment, you probably won't understand it, but here goes...

      "Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact."
      - George Eliot

      January 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bk

    All im wanting to say is my thoughts and prayers go out to all that have died or in the hospital and their families from this ordeal in arizona and all ordeals in this world its sad no matter who or what has happened that it comes down to murder so my condolences to all

    January 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jenny

    People of America,please stop blaming each other. We have to be together.The liberal Media are pushing us to the Civil War. We have to help each other because they don't care about us. The Media and the Government is to blame. They want Power and Control.

    January 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lynnette

    Wow, reading the majority of these comments make me see just why every country out there hates us. The kid shot those people because he is a sick person. If it was political only,than why kill a nine year old child? Also, some of you very special boys need to realize you do not need to be Muslim to be a terrorist. We have plenty of those here. If you are so keen on them dying, why don't you go try yourself? No one will cry at your funeral but I am sure people will protest. As disgusting as it is that people do that, it is their way. As long as we have opinions people will assume they areright and better than everyone. Get used to it.

    January 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Teri

    I love get on here and reading what everyone has to say, but please don't get on here and speak for the people of the United States of America, because you don't speak for me. My favorite thing to read on here is how people know what's going to happen to these people, or what our government is going to do and so on and so forth. Some of you get on here and tell everyone exactly what is going to happen. If you can really tell the future that well, will you please post Fridays lottery numbers for me. I would greatly appreciate it. Anyways though, if that church is really going to protest that poor litte girls funeral, that's beyond sick. Those are the only words I can really think of right now. The thought of them protesting there pretty much leaves me speechless. I don't know if it's from shock or because there just aren't words to describe how horrid that is. I truly can not grasp the train of thoughts they have that led them to belive they are in the right with these protests. I hope that mans bill passes, but not befor it is changed to ban these horrid protest from a larger category than just military funerals. Though I have my doubts that it will. God bless all the people and families of the people that this man changed there life so quickly. All the stories get to me, but the little girl who's life was cut way to short and the elderly man that was shot in the head and killed trying to shield his wife, get to me the most.

    January 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sandra

    For the deceased victims of this massacre, I offer this little known eulogy by Mark Twain. He wrote it for his daughter when she died of meningitis. A gentle poem in the midst of all this heated commentary.

    “Warm summer sun, shine kindly here.
    Warm southern wind, blow softly here.
    Green sod above, lie light, lie light.
    Good night, dear Heart, Good night, good night.”

    - Mark Twain

    January 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joel Weymouth

    When you stifle protest: you invite violence. That is what causes violence – removing the means of peacefully speaking out. What they do is tasteless and cruel – but this a perception – and just because the majority agree with it; doesn't make it correct. There are legal ways to do this that makes their protest less offensive. – force the protests to get permits – and force them to protest in a selected area – Like they do during Republican Conventions, Democratic Conventions, and Summits. If they are protesting 1 mile away – that won't cause to much stress on the bereaved.

    January 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. conoclast

    Loughner looks a whole lot crazier shorn of his curls! Thing is though, we don't know jack about him, other than he is clearly able to fake sanity long enough to buy a gun. In the coming days hopefully we'll come to know what motivated him; until then he's an enigma, but an innocent-til-proven-guilty one!

    January 10, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*brian

      Lol! How can you even leave that comment?He is clearly not innocent and deserves the most painful execution possible

      January 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
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