Charlie Spaziani was my dad's opponent for Northampton County DA in '68. My dad was still in the middle of a police corruption investigation, so he decided he better run for a second term, something unheard of in those days. Spaz' campaign pitch was that no DA should be in office more than one term. The people bought it, too. On election night, a radio station called for a live interview. My dad's magnanimous words?
"The people have spoken. Fuck 'em."
Charlie would probably have said the same thing had he lost. When Spaz ran for his second term, my dad supported him. Soon after that, they were both members of a convicted murderer's wedding party. At various points in their careers, they had both prosecuted and defended this guy. I guess he was like family. They chipped in to get him a nice wedding suit and President Judge Palmer officiated at the ceremony in Courtroom 1.
Lots of people have law degrees, but there are very few lawyers. Charlie Spaziani was a lawyer, one of the best.