“R. Eugene Pincham, human rights activist, lawyer, former judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, and justice of the Appellate Court of Illinois, was a strident critic of the criminal justice system,” says his biography at The History Makers. “He was born on June 28, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois but grew up impoverished in Alabama.”
He returned to Chicago to become a leading figure in this city’s legal and political worlds. Pincham died this morning at the age of 82.