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TO SHOCK OR INFORM- Shortly after being convicted by a Northern California jury of murdering 12-year-old Polly Klaas, Richard Allen Davis stood up, turned to press-pool photographers and held up both of his middle fingers...many editors asserted that the Mercury News merely wanted to shock its readers and sell newspapers.
Robert Morris (1823-1882) Robert Morris became one of the first black lawyers in United States after being admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1847. Morris was born in Salem, Massachusetts on June 8, 1823. At an early age, Morris had some formal education at Master Dodge’s School in Salem. With the agreement of his family, he became the student of Ellis Gray Loring, a well known abolitionist and lawyer. By the early 1850s, Robert Morris was appointed a justice of the peace and was…
**FILE** In this Dec. 7, 1993 file photo, Richard Allen Davis appears with his public defender, Bruce Kinnison, in Sonoma County Municipal Court in Santa Rosa, Calif. More than 15 years after Davis confessed to kidnapping and killing 12-year-old Polly Klaas, the state's high court will hear his appeal on Tuesday, March 3. 2009. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma,pool) Photo: Paul Sakuma, AP