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Ray Clark dies at 82; lawyer in 'Night Stalker' serial-murder case
Ray Clark dies at 82; lawyer in 'Night Stalker' serial-murder case

In 1989, attorney Ray Clark got a telephone call that would make him, for a while, one of the most famous lawyers in Los Angeles. The call to his small firm was from the presiding judge in the trial of Richard Ramirez, accused of being the brutal serial killer known as the Night Stalker. The defense team that Ramirez's family had hired was falling apart, and the judge wanted Clark to take over as lead defense counsel. Clark agreed, and soon became a fixture in printed and broadcast news accounts, protesting his client's innocence. He lost the case, and Ramirez was given the death penalty. In some ways, it was a thankless task to represent a sadistic killer who had terrorized the...

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