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Belli, Melvin Mouron (Melvin)

Born: 1907 AD
Died: 1996 AD, at 88 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Lawyers


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.


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