Thank you for contacting me. You dont know me, although we spoke a
couple of years ago when Mari-Rae was home on leave. I was mentoring and
assisting her on the case that she had pending in the U.S. Supreme Court,
as I am the Co-Chair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,
Military Law Committee. I had to call her about a development in the case
and she had given me your number.
I can say this after 26 years of practicing law. Many lesser attorneys would
have sought the fame of arguing a case in the US Supreme Court, regardless of
the negative effects such was likely to have both on the specific client and
others accused (rightly or wrongly) of crimes. Mari-Rae instantly saw the
big picture and knew what the right thing to do was, and so took a
position that was honorable to the profession of law, but most certainly deprived
her of an opportunity to appear before the Supreme Court. That case has had an
impact on every death penalty case in the United States, and also every military
Few knew of Mari-Raes selfless contribution to that, but those of us who did,
saluted her then and continue to honor her tenacity and integrity as an attorney.
But, I do not suppose I have to tell you that.
I have no power to change the past or to alter the course of history. But, I
certainly can and will continue to do my best in trying to influence the future of
my legal profession in general and the JAG corps in particular, by using Mari-Rae as
THE example of an attorney who never let a client down.
Please accept my humble thoughts for you as a mother, who has had to suffer this
tragedy. But, please also accept my congratulations for your superb efforts to bring
life to Mari-Raes dream.
Brenna & Brenna
Attorneys at Law
Rochester, New York