With every coming year, more and more savvy professionals and volunteer citizens come to the aid of persons with intellectual disabilities who get in big trouble with the law. With increasing understanding and skill, they do what they can to work for fair outcomes that all Americans should receive. Sometimes they are successful and at other times they are not. Even so, during some of the darkest moments, unlikely persons step into the fray. They receive little notoriety in the media, but others involved in such cases know they are there. Somehow an inner compass drove each of them to speak out and take unorthodox actions that left the rest of us watching with unspeakable awe. Anyone who works in this field carries memories of such sudden and surprising interveners like one might carry diamonds in the pocket. Among my memories of many, seven...

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