The Craig S. Barnard American Inn of Court
The Craig S. Barnard Story
The following is excerpted from Among The Lowest of The
Dead, David Von Drehle, Ballentine Books 1995. The paragraphs have
occasionally been rearranged.
Craig Barnard grew up in Portage, Michigan where his father was a
conservative Republican accountant and his Uncle was a Republican
State Representative. After high school he enrolled in a restaurant
and hotel management course at Michigan State. AThen the sixties
caught up with Craig Barnard. The dutiful young Republican grew his
hair long, fell in love with Bob Dylan's music, and began
protesting the war. (On his birthday in 1970, four antiwar
protesters were killed at Kent State; Barnard never celebrated his
He wanted to do something to change the system, so he switched
majors... to prelaw. By then, Barnard's father had moved to
southwestern Florida, where he built a retirement village. Craig
followed him south, graduating from the University of Florida Law
School in 1974.
Barnard joined the public defender's office in Palm Beach
County...[and] ...was, very quickly, Jorandby's star assistant;
naturally, Jorandby gave him authority over the region's death row
cases. Barnard, with his studious bent and modest personality, was
drawn to the detail-oriented, conceptual world of appeals. He never
missed the hurly-burly of criminal trials.
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