Belli, Melvin Mouron
Born: Jul 29, 1907 AD
Died: 1996 AD, at 88 years of age.
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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