Attorney who represented social and political radicals, including members of the Black Panther Party and Vietnam War protesters.
While growing up and facing discrimination for his ethnic Armenian roots, he was inspired to dedicate his life to help the similarly downtrodden.
He was hired as the chief counsel of the Black Panther Party, and defended their member Huey P. Newton in a police officer murder trial.
He was born Garabed Robutlay Garabedian in Bridgewater, Massachusetts to Armenian parents that had escaped the genocide in Turkey.
In addition to defending Bobby Newton for the Black Panthers, he later represented the party chairman Bobby Seale during the trial of the Chicago Seven.