R. Eugene Pincham

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R. Eugene Pincham, c. 2000

R. Eugene Pincham (28 June 1925 – 3 April 2008) was an African-American civil rights attorney, judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, and justice of the Appellate Court of Illinois. He was also an ardent critic of the U.S. criminal justice system (also see Race Inequalities in the Criminal Justice System). Known for his dramatic oratory which drew on his own personal struggles and those of African Americans, and his tireless advocacy on behalf of those less able to speak for themselves, he was regarded by many in Illinois and particularly the African-American community, as a political and legal icon, and held as a role model by both blacks and whites who came behind him.[1]

A member of the American Civil Liberties Union and a lifetime member of the NAACP, the semi-retired Pincham lectured and instructed in trial and appellate techniques and advocacy. He received numerous awards for his professional and community service and activism.[2]

R. Eugene died of complications from lung and brain cancer.[3]

The funeral was held in private at Trinity United Church of Christ, and culminated in remarks by Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.[3]

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  1. ^ "R. Eugene Pincham", MSNBC
  2. ^ "Hon. R. Eugene Pincham Biography". The HistoryMakers. 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
  3. ^ a b James Janega (2008-04-13). "R. Eugene Pincham remembered for contributions to law, community". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-06-23.

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