Pittsburgh synagogue shooting trial coverage: Defender of the 'worst of the worst,' Judy Clarke leads the defense in Pittsburgh synagogue massacre trial


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Defense attorney Judy Clarke, at right, responds to questions at a press conference after the trial of Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski was delayed in Sacramento, California, Jan. 8, 1998.

PITTSBURGH (Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle via JTA) - When Judy Clarke delivered her opening statement to the jury that will determine the fate of the man charged with committing the massacre in the Tree of Life synagogue building, she did not deny that her client was responsible.

In fact, she sympathized with the victims and their families.

Clarke, 71, began her address by acknowledging the horror of Oct. 27, 2018, and its aftermath.

"The tragedy that brings us together today," she said in a soft-spoken yet confident voice, is "almost incomprehensible. It's inexcusable. ... Eleven lives were tak...

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