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MATTHEWS, Alphons L.
A man who would be covered in the press almost as much as some of this clients, he was a defender of civil liberties. His method of sympathizing with clients to argue their cases was on display in his representations of Caryl Chessman and Barbara Graham. The latter association earned him even wider fame as a character (played by Joe De Santis) in 1958's I Want to Live, with Susan Hayward as Graham.
Later Matthews was part of the defense team for Linda Kasabian, a member of the Charles Manson cult of the 1960s. In his 1986 obituary, the Times wrote
his "constant fight for the abolition of capital punishment prompted him to lend his name in 1968 to a group seeking clemency for Sirhan Sirhan, convicted assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy...
In 1974, Matthews gave up his right to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was protesting a ruling by the justices limiting the scope of the 1966 Miranda decision on defendants' rights to counsel.
Driving around town in his sea-green Cadillac convertible, Matthews enjoyed Hollywood connections, high and low, through his brother Blayney F. Matthews, chief of security at Warner Bros.
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