History[ edit ] Early years — [ edit ] Along with the Kansas City Scoutsthe Capitals joined the NHL as an expansion team for the —75 season although the city of Washington was awarded a franchise on July 8, Pollin had built the Capital Centre in suburban Landover, Marylandto house both the Bullets who formerly played in Baltimore and the Capitals. His first act as owner was to hire Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt as general manager.
Anthony Sowell case propels judicial candidate Pinkey Carr into public arena video Updated September 26, at 8: She typed out her speech, word for word, double-spaced in all capital letters, and rehearsed it again and again.
And the next morning, Carr stepped to the lectern as usual, organized her notes, asked God for a little divine guidance -- then improvised. For a solid hour, she attacked defense attorneys' suggestion that someone other than Sowell might have killed 11 women and discarded their remains in and around his Imperial Avenue home.
And she told jurors that Sowell's eerily similar attacks on surviving victims "had Tony written all over it. Carr was one of three assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutors who worked the case.
Sowell is now on death row after being convicted of multiple counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of 11 women found in and around his Imperial Avenue home.
And for the first time in four years, a Cuyahoga County jury recommended the death penalty. That conviction, and her starring role in what might be the most publicized trial in the county's history, have helped catapult Carr's reputation from the narrow confines of legal circles into the public arena.
Now, with her newly burnished resume, Carr, 45, hopes to win a seat in November as a Cleveland municipal judge -- a job she sees as an extension of her role as a public servant in a city where her roots run deep. The youngest of four siblings and the only girl, she both adopted a tomboy's love for sports and answered to the nickname Lady.
Carr was 3 years old, her parents embroiled in divorce proceedings, when her interest in the law was born.
Her mother, Datie Carr, had told her daughter she was on her way to meet with a lawyer. When young Pinkey Carr asked what a lawyer was, her mother turned on the television, tuned it to "Perry Mason" and said, "He's a lawyer.
Carr remained steadfast in her career aspirations throughout her years at Cleveland's John F. Kennedy High School and Baldwin-Wallace College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in political science in She moved back to her childhood home to live with her mother while attending the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
And upon passing the bar exam, Carr scored her first client -- ironically, a woman seeking help with her divorce. That job was followed by traffic cases and drafting wills until Marchwhen Carr was hired as an assistant city prosecutor in Cleveland.
Carr learned quickly on the job, watching seasoned colleagues in action in the courtroom.
And her performance and diligence caught the attention of then-Mayor Michael R. Before long, she was climbing the ranks to chief assistant director of law for the city's code enforcement, labor and employment sections and eventually was named chief counsel for the city's Law Department.
Carr took on the position of law director in August until White's term ended several months later amid record-keeping problems, questionable 11th-hour expenditures and controversial promotions to protect loyal aides from losing their jobs under incoming Mayor Jane Campbell.
Carr left City Hall, too, certain Campbell's administration would not invite her to stay, and she pondered her next move. But within months, Carr received a call from the office of County Prosecutor Bill Masonrequesting an interview. And soon she found herself back in a courtroom, doing work that comes so naturally to her, Carr says she was guided by God to do it -- sending criminals to prison.
Work leads to convictions Since joining the major-trials unit inCarr has earned her place among the unit's best, Mason said in a recent interview.
With her ability to harness the common sense of a jury and leave a defense team's theory of a case scrambling for traction, Carr has become known as a closer.
Her distinctive, conversational style and tenacity helped clinch a life sentence in for Lamidi Kafaruwho shot and killed Cleveland police officer Derek Owens as he and his beat partner chased drug suspects through the Woodland Hills neighborhood that year. Carr handled the case of Juan Ruiz, who was sentenced in to 27 years in prison for raping at knifepoint his former girlfriend, Johanna Orozcoand shooting her in the face after she reported the attack to police.
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Mother's influence still strong On a recent sunny afternoon, Carr sat in her office on the ninth floor of downtown's Justice Center beside neat rows of manila folders, each containing information related to her 18 open case assignments.
From the collection, she chose a few and read from them like storybooks. One case involved a mentally disturbed man who stabbed the owner of a corner store to death because he hadn't let him buy wine on credit the week before.
The entire gruesome assault was caught on surveillance camera, Carr said with a wince, before sliding the folder back among the others. But Carr gives herself permission for these momentary lapses in composure.
One should smile in public and cry in private, she says. It's a credo handed down from her mother -- a woman so influential in Carr's life, she still quotes her in everyday conversation and mentions her to prospective jurors during jury selection, more than a decade after the woman's death.Washington DC Sports Event in January - Washington Wizards vs.
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