March 24, 2008

CA: TO p.d.'s happy retirement

From the Ventura County Star:

Public defender steps down -
"He's one of the most passionate people I know when it comes to indigent defense. It's in his blood. It's who he is."

Public Defender Kenneth Clayman is a towering figure as he walks down the halls of the courthouse in Ventura — shoulders pinned back slightly, a ramrod-straight gait, long arms barely swinging...

Clayman, 66, enjoys poking fun at himself and taking jabs at the world and the courthouse with humor. For nearly a quarter-century, the gentle giant with the toothy grin has been at the helm of the Ventura County Public Defender's Office... The Thousand Oaks resident retires... after 24 years as public defender...