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Russell J. White, trial attorney
Russell J. White, trial attorney

Russell J. White, a retired trial attorney who won an acquittal in a nationally watched case in 1980 in which his client was accused of shooting boys throwing snowballs at his house, died of complications from dementia Wednesday at the Heart Home in Lutherville. The Mays Chapel North resident was 85. "He had a gift that can't be taught in a school. Russ had a wonderful way with juries," said his former law partner, Joseph F. Murphy, who went on to become chief judge of the Court of Special Appeals. "It was as if a jury would invite him in to sit with them. ... Also, nothing took him by surprise." Born in St. Louis, he was the son of Estil White, a pharmaceutics...