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The Racehorse rides into the sunset: One of the all-time great criminal defense lawyers finally rests

Richard "Racehorse" Haynes, legendary criminal defense trial lawyer, died last week at the age of 90. He was an idol to us here at the Eichelberger Law Firm. In 2009, the ABA Journal published a fantastic profile on Racehorse which can be found here.

Haynes was once asked if he had any advice for younger lawyers. Here was his answer, with emphasis added:

"What I tell all these young lawyers is to read Harper Lee’s book To Kill a Mockingbird. Read that book once a year. Kinda get your mind set that there is a way to get justice, but you’re going to have to fight for it in this country. Actually, you have to fight for it every place, but even in this great country where we have the rules that are set up to give you a fair trial and make it a level playing field, you still have to fight for it. Ain’t nothing free."


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