Academic journal article The Journal of Southern Legal History

Duross Fitzpatrick

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern Legal History

Duross Fitzpatrick

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A few years back I was getting ready to preside over a case that had attracted quite a bit of media attention. Just before the trial, I discovered that all parties had waived trial by jury. I tiiought of empaneling a jury anyhow, and called Duross to try the idea on him. After a brief hesitation, he wryly observed, "You have a precedent - that's what Pontius Pilate did." I straightaway dropped the idea.

Duross Fitzpatrick was all wool and a yard wide. He seemed to have x-ray vision that pierced knotty legal problems to the core. His analysis was quick and sure. He was a first rate raconteur. We became friends about twenty-five years ago and stayed in close contact down through the years. He was an invaluable source of good jokes or stories for any occasion.

In Duross's early years he formulated firm opinions about how to conduct himself, and he carefully hewed to those standards tiiroughout his life. His mind could be changed on some subjects, but not easily, because he had been careful about forming his opinions. He loved to exchange ideas about die law, religion, philosophy, and other subjects - it seemed to me that he was interested in everything. …

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