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The Epic Career of Forrest Bowman

The lawyer who fought the police, the FBI and the justice system tells his tale

In 1966, just a few years after he started his legal career, Forrest Bowman Jr. had already been identified as one of Indiana’s “most flamboyant advocates.”  The description came in a book covering one of the state’s ugliest murder cases. Writer John Dean saw Bowman as “youthful, squat and impish looking behind his thick-rimmed spectacles.” Dean also cited his thoroughness, courtroom flair and “occasional oddball tactics.” The Indiana Torture Slaying recounted the …

Defending Indy's Worst Mass Murderer

Nearly 25 years after he represented King Edward Bell — who killed his wife and four children — Duge Butler looks back at a career-defining case

Everything that could go wrong in King Edward Bell’s life had gone wrong.   The 31-year-old Vietnam veteran had lost time on his job loading and unloading trucks and couldn’t pay his bills. His 26-year-old wife, the mother of his four children, had walked out on him after 11 years of marriage and was seeing a 51-year-old man with money to burn. Over the phone, she taunted her estranged husband about her boyfriend’s money and sexual prowess and even demanded that the man be …

Prosecuting Terrorism

Before 9/11, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were the most notorious terrorists in the U.S. Larry Mackey prosecuted both of them

Like many Americans, Larry Mackey watched in disbelief on April 19, 1995, as live television covered the aftermath of a devastating explosion that ripped through the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. It was simply unthinkable — 149 adults and 19 children killed and some 500 others injured by what would prove to be a 7,000-pound homemade truck bomb detonated in broad daylight.   Unlike most Americans, Mackey experienced added trauma and nervousness. As an assistant U.S. …

Mike Tyson Redux

Sometimes the worst defense can be offensive

Boxing’s bad boy Michael Gerard Tyson went from accused rapist to convicted rapist partly because he didn’t get his money’s worth from a milliondollar defense. While the money paid for no fewer than five lawyers, “Mike just never had a chance,” says analyst Mark Shaw, an attorney and writer who covered the trial for ESPN and other outlets. Referring to Tyson’s lead attorney, Vince Fuller, Shaw says, “I don’t know that anybody could ever defend anybody worse.”  The …

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