When: May 19, 1992
The facts: 36-year-old Jamaican Colin Ferguson kills
six and injures nineteen on a Long Island Rail Road
train. Bill Kunstler and Ron Kuby attempt the
now-infamous “black rage” defense to
explain Ferguson’s actions, but the gunman fires
them, prompting the lawyers to say their former client
was “too crazy” to plead insanity.
The sentence: Six life terms.