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Wed Jun 3 2009
Susan Jordan, Criminal Justice Defense Lawyer Passes On
Criminal Justice Defense Lawyer, Susan Jordan, Dies in a Plane Crash in Utah
Susan Jordan, a civil litigator and criminal justice lawyer from Mendocino County, died on Friday, May 29th in a plane crash in Utah. She was 67 years old and left a legacy of civil litigation and criminal justice work behind. Jordan represented several prominent political activists throughout her career as a criminal defense lawyer, including Earth First!'s Judi Bari after she was car bombed with Daryl Cherney in 1990 and members of the SLA (Symbionese Liberation Army) in the kidnapping of Patty Hearst.

Susan Jordan was one of the first attorneys to offer legal defense for Earth First! activists planning non violent civil disobedience during the Redwood Summer campaign in 1990. Then, Earth First! organizers Judi Bari and Daryl Cherney were car bombed and subsequently arrested as the main suspects. Cherney says Jordan came to their defense.

In the legal field, Jordan most notably made the first successful argument of self defense for a battered woman who killed her rapist, in the late 1970s. Jordan said it was the first ruling of its kind. Jordan was dubbed a feminist lawyer for her work defending women in criminal court. Read more
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