Billy Sothern: Crusading Defense Lawyer Who Could Have Been a Character Out of a John Grisham Novel

From a New York Times obit by Clay Risen headlined “Billy Sothern, Crusading New Orleans Defense Lawyer, Dies at 45”:

Billy Sothern, a defense lawyer renowned for taking on some of Louisiana’s toughest capital cases — including the wrongful conviction of Albert Woodfox, who spent 42 years in solitary confinement for a crime he didn’t commit — died  at his home in Great Barrington, Mass., where he and his family had moved during the pandemic.

His wife, Nikki Page Sothern, said he had been fighting Covid, thyroid cancer and major depressive disorder, and that he died by suicide.