Criminal Justice

Attorney deals with long-ago slaying of his brother by writing a book

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Cover image from Berg’s website.

It was bad enough when his brother was kidnapped and shot to death decades ago, a Texas lawyer says.

But seeing the man he still believes to be responsible for his brother’s slaying acquitted at trial in 1970, thanks to a high-powered attorney, sparked outrage in attorney David Berg that continues to this day, reports KHOU.

Writing a book about the killing of Alan Berg, Run Brother Run, was both painful and cathartic, David Berg tells the station. “I left a lot of my memories of Alan and me on those pages. And I left virtually all my anger.”

The man who was acquitted of the murder, Charles Harrelson–father of actor Woody Harrelson–went on to be convicted of assassinating federal judge John H. Wood Jr. in 1979.

In an interview on the Run Brother Run website, Berg says, “Harrelson’s acquittal or not, I love the law. I just hate crooked lawyers—and in large measure, injustice is what this book is about.”

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