Cook County chief public defender Gerald W. Getty, left, confers with his client, mass murderer Richard Speck during Speck's 1967 trial in Chicago for killing eight student nurses. On Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, Getty died at age 92, of congestive heart failure in his home in Pompano Beach. Getty co-authored Public Defender, a book published in 1974 chronicling his nearly 30 years of defending Speck and people involved in gangland wars and sex crimes.
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