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Belli, Melvin Mouron

Born: 1907 AD
Died: 1996 AD
2.5 (50%) 10 votes

1907 – Born on the 9th of July in Sonora, California.

1933 – Graduated from the University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law.

         – His first work posing as a hobo for the Works Progress Administration and riding the rails to observe the Depression’s impact on the country’s vagrant population.

1954-1960 – Authored the six-volume Modern Trials.

1964 – His best-known case, Belli represented Jack Ruby, for free, after Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald.

1965 – Belli enjoyed his frequent television and movie appearances, he told an interviewer for Playboy that he "might have been an actor" if he had not become an attorney.

         – On the 14th of March, Ruby was convicted of ‘murder with malice’, and received a death sentence.

1968 – Belli appeared in an episode, "And the Children Shall Lead", of Star Trek.

1970 – Appeared in The Rolling Stones documentary Gimme Shelter.

1976 – Co-wrote autobiography "My Life on Trial: An Autobiography".

1996 – Died on the 9th of July because of pancreatic cancer.

         – He also defense lawyer for Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Jack Ruby, and Lenny Bruce.

         – Pioneer of high-settlement civil damage and personal injury lawsuits.

2.5 (50%) 10 votes