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July 1, 2014

Mark Stanziano laid to rest

Lawyer eulogized as ‘a warrior against injustice’

Somerset —

"A warrior against injustice.” That’s how Ernie Lewis, executive director of the National Association for Public Defense, described the late Mark Stanziano at the funeral for the local attorney on Tuesday.
Close to 150 people gathered at Southern Oaks Funeral Home in Somerset to pay their respects and to remember Stanziano, who was shot and killed on Friday morning in front of his West Mt. Vernon Street office.
Clinton D. Inabnit, 40, has been charged with Stanziano’s murder. Police have said that Clinton confronted Stanziano on Thursday night, then entered the street and allegedly shot the high profile defense attorney the next morning as the victim was just outside his workplace. Inabnit was immediately subdued and arrested.
“No question Mark has left us too soon, because there’s a whole lot of injustice left in the world,” said Lewis. “... He believed that our problems could be solved if we loved each other a little more.
“He was notorious, brash, passionate creative: a quintessential criminal defense lawyer.”
Others who spoke at the funeral service included Kentucky public advocate Ed Monahan, friends and colleagues Jim Cox, Jerry Cox and Brenda Popplewell, and friend and former client Ami Beckman.
But it was Mark’s widow, Beth Stanziano, whose words about her husband were perhaps most poignant when she spoke openly to the media before the service. 
Beth was flanked by Stanziano’s oldest daughter, Alexandra Stanziano, and step-daughter Mallarie Catron, in a frank and emotional discussion about Mark and the events of the last few days.
“It’s been hell, what we’re going through,” said Beth. “... I don’t think that, at this point, it’s still set in. It still doesn’t seem real.”
Nevertheless, Beth says that she’s managed to keep negative feelings about Inabnit at bay.

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