Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Kevin J. Barry

Capt. Kevin J. Barry, USCG
April 24 marks the fifth anniversary of the death of Captain Kevin J. Barry, USCG (Ret). Kevin, a Bronx native who served as a trial and appellate military judge, was a pioneer in military justice reform in the United States and a persistent foe of injustice. He was a founder of the National Institute of Military Justice. Faith, family, country, and friends were supremely important to him. He died at age 66 after a lengthy and heroic struggle against cancer. His obituary in the Washington Post reported that U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth, a longtime friend, called him "probably one of the most outstanding military lawyers I ever knew in my whole career. His views carried great weight."
"When he criticized the system, careful attention was paid by Congress as well as the judicial system," Lamberth said. "I think he had a tremendous impact because his views were so well thought out, well considered and well respected."
There is a link to Kevin's powerful essay "The Gift of Cancer," among others, on this website.

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