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IN CAREER-DEFINING CASE,
ADELMAN PUT HINCKLEY AWAY FOR GOOD
BY ROBERT L. PACK '67
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Over dinner in Washington one evening in June 1994 Roger Adelman, L'66 declared that a Los Angeles celebrity then under investigation for the brutal stabbing murders of his ex-wife and her male friend would be best served if he hired a street-wise black L. A. lawyer by the name of Johnnie Cochran. It was a name relatively unknown at the time, especially on the East Coast. The suspect did in fact retain Cochran, and the rest is literally history.

Small wonder that Roger Adelman should know the criminal law scene, not just in Washington or in the East, but nationwide. As the top prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia, where he worked from 1969 until 1987, Adelman had been selected to prosecute John Hinckley in 1981-82. A year or two earlier he had led the prosecution of Congressman Richard Kelly, a Florida Republican who had been videotaped accepting cash from undercover FBI agents in the scandal known as Abscam. Adelman recalls the latter case as perhaps the first where suspects had been caught on videotape, which tended to undercut Kelly’s claim that he took the money as part of his own alleged investigation of the purported Arab wheeler-dealers. Kelly was convicted and served time in prison.
 
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