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Brent Shapiro, 19802005 - OD may have killed son of O.J.s lawyer
LA WEEKLY ^ | 10/14/05 | CHRISTINE PELISEK

Posted on 10/13/2005 10:39:34 AM PDT by BurbankKarl

The 24-year old son of renowned defense attorney Robert Shapiro died Monday of an apparent drug overdose, authorities said.

Brent Edward Shapiro, a USC student on the dean’s list, had been partying with friends at a residence near the Hollywood Bowl after Saturday’s USC-Arizona football game. He became ill and was found in a comatose state at 7 a.m. Sunday. His friends called paramedics, who took him to Cedars-Sinai Hospital. At the hospital, Shapiro’s friends told emergency staff that he had taken the drug Ecstasy (also known as MDMA). He was pronounced dead at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Blood tests at the hospital detected Ecstasy and methamphetamine. Ecstasy is a synthetic, psychoactive drug chemically similar to the stimulant methamphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. The Coroner’s Office will conduct toxicology tests, with results taking up to six weeks.

“Mr. Shapiro’s death was sudden and unexpected,” said Chief Craig Harvey of the county Coroner’s Office. “Because Mr. Shapiro’s death was apparently caused by the ingestion of a substance and it was not due to natural causes, it made it a coroner’s case.”

Robert Shapiro is most famous for being a member of O.J. Simpson’s dream team, along with Johnnie Cochran. Shapiro’s clients have included Jose Canseco, Johnny Carson, Christian Brando and F. Lee Bailey. Shapiro is also the author of the New York Times best-seller The Search for Justice.

Funeral services for Brent Shapiro were held Wednesday at Stephen S. Wise Temple in L.A., with interment at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary. In addition to his father, Shapiro is survived by his mother, Linell, and a brother, Grant.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: obituary; ojsimpson; scumbag; shapiro
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USC students are having a bad week, first an O.D., then a murder arrest.
1 posted on 10/13/2005 10:39:37 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl

Tsk,tsk.


2 posted on 10/13/2005 10:44:06 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: BurbankKarl
Crank and X.

Whoa.

I wonder if his recreational activities had anything to do with him being 24 and still in college.

3 posted on 10/13/2005 10:44:42 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: BurbankKarl

Very sad.


4 posted on 10/13/2005 10:46:29 AM PDT by tiki
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To: wideawake

Not necessarily. He was on the dean's list. The trend today is to encourage parents to start their children in school later, especially boys. I finished college at 24. I took a semester off to work and I switched majors half-way through that took me an extra year.


5 posted on 10/13/2005 10:47:21 AM PDT by twigs
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To: ozzymandus

Okay, condolences to the Shapiro family..but why is a 24 year old son of a famous (and likely very wealthy) lawyer still in college? Perhaps past "behavioral problems"?


6 posted on 10/13/2005 10:47:23 AM PDT by Bruceski
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To: BurbankKarl

FWIW: Shapiro co-founded LEGALZOOM. Touted by Dennis Prager...on second thought...so what.


8 posted on 10/13/2005 10:50:00 AM PDT by dsmatuska
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To: wideawake

http://www.myspace.com/sirmonk1ne

a musician!


9 posted on 10/13/2005 10:50:42 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl

Oh, Great! Another rich, Jewish guy from L.A. who thinks he's black.


10 posted on 10/13/2005 10:55:02 AM PDT by Bruceski
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To: twigs
I graduated at 23 because I took two years off to work to raise tuition money - an economic reality which I am sure did not intrude on the Shapiros' sheltered life.

And I wasn't a crankhead on X.

11 posted on 10/13/2005 11:05:41 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: BurbankKarl

Very bad karma around the OJ affair.


12 posted on 10/13/2005 11:08:22 AM PDT by NixonsAngryGhost (WARNING- Arlen Specters Brain is Radioactive)
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To: BurbankKarl
"bRENT's Blurbs

About me:
I'm a real humble and laid back type of kid with a heart of gold but if you push me I will rip your torso in half and show you your soul! I'm compassionate, loving and kind but I'm also insane, fearless and manic, that is why I am known by some as the mad magician ...
"


May I assume my "torso" is now safe?


From ... http://www.myspace.com/sirmonk1ne



13 posted on 10/13/2005 11:11:22 AM PDT by G.Mason
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To: NixonsAngryGhost

Seems like.


14 posted on 10/13/2005 11:12:48 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (.)
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To: ozzymandus

A boy died...all you can say is tsk tsk...I bet you call yourself a Christian too.


15 posted on 10/13/2005 11:12:50 AM PDT by Hildy ( liberals cannot change the present, and cannot effect the future, so they MUST relive the past...)
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To: BurbankKarl
Ron Goldman was 25 years old when Shapiro's buddy killed him.

Losing a son is a horrible thing - I wonder if he stopped to reflect on Fred Goldman's plight as he cashed a murderer's paycheck.

16 posted on 10/13/2005 11:14:14 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: Hildy
A boy died

No, a grown man killed himself.

17 posted on 10/13/2005 11:15:13 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: wideawake

I returned to college when I was 22 after taking time off to work.


18 posted on 10/13/2005 11:16:38 AM PDT by Hildy ( liberals cannot change the present, and cannot effect the future, so they MUST relive the past...)
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To: wideawake

So, if you're driving a car a little too fast, or skiing or hangliding it's ok to die because you chose to do the activity?


19 posted on 10/13/2005 11:17:33 AM PDT by Hildy ( liberals cannot change the present, and cannot effect the future, so they MUST relive the past...)
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To: BurbankKarl

Seems like the "Dream Team" has been having a lot of bad things happening to them. Cochran and Robert Kardassian are dead. Robert Shapiro's son died. Is this team getting cosmic payback for defending the slime OJ?


20 posted on 10/13/2005 11:21:08 AM PDT by cmiller623 (Mayor Antonio Villa....or never mind. Los Angeles is doomed!)
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To: BurbankKarl

Very sad. I always thought Shapiro was one of the few involved in the OJ defense with some dignity. He got out of the mess early!


21 posted on 10/13/2005 11:21:43 AM PDT by BallyBill
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To: Hildy
So, if you're driving a car a little too fast, or skiing or hangliding it's ok to die because you chose to do the activity?

If you are driving a car 100mph at night on a winding road in a rainstorm, or if you are skiing off the path on the expert slopes during a fog or if you decide to try hanggliding out for the first time on a blustery day unaccompanied, yes.

The same thing goes for those who simultaneously take two dangerous illegal drugs that individually have killed thousands of people.

All four were just begging for trouble.

22 posted on 10/13/2005 11:23:43 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: wideawake
Losing a son is a horrible thing - I wonder if he stopped to reflect on Fred Goldman's plight as he cashed a murderer's paycheck.

Indeed. Everyone associated with that trial, on the defense side, treated the case as a career move. How well I remember Kim Goldman telling of the cruel smirk OJ threw the Goldman's way just after the verdict. A sad day for the Shapiro family to be sure. Irony is so ironic.

23 posted on 10/13/2005 11:26:33 AM PDT by veronica ("clowns clones clowns/ it's raining clowns/snarling FR obsessed clones/ claws bared clowns"...)
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To: cmiller623
F. Lee Bailey was disbarred for laundering druglord money.

But he merits worse comeuppance than that.

24 posted on 10/13/2005 11:32:48 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: BurbankKarl
a musician moron!

Fixed. No charge.

25 posted on 10/13/2005 11:34:10 AM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: cmiller623
Is this team getting cosmic payback for defending the slime OJ?

One can't help but ponder that. Meanwhile, like Old Man River, that smug, mean SOB Simpson just keeps on rolling along...

26 posted on 10/13/2005 11:37:49 AM PDT by veronica ("clowns clones clowns/ it's raining clowns/snarling FR obsessed clones/ claws bared clowns"...)
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To: wideawake

I read somewhere that the average college students completes their undergrad degree in five years, with six years not uncommon.


27 posted on 10/13/2005 11:39:53 AM PDT by HitmanLV
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To: BurbankKarl

Liberalism Kills.


28 posted on 10/13/2005 11:40:55 AM PDT by pabianice
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prayers


29 posted on 10/13/2005 11:42:45 AM PDT by firewalk
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To: BurbankKarl

Doesn't take but ONE time.

I think kids should be more aware of the people who this happens to. They have such a 'won't happen to me' attitude. This boy woke up that morning thinking 'won't happen to me' too.


30 posted on 10/13/2005 11:46:38 AM PDT by sandbar
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To: HitmanNY
I mentioned elsewhere on the thread that I graduated six years after I started college. But I took time off because I needed money for tuition.

I don't think the son of a filthy rich defense attorney had the same concerns as 99% of the people on the 5 or 6 year plan.

31 posted on 10/13/2005 11:48:19 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: G.Mason

Reminds me of a muzzie curse I heard not long ago "May Allah tear your head off and rip your spine out of your body and then put it back in and rip it out again over and over for a thousand years."


32 posted on 10/13/2005 11:49:58 AM PDT by ichabod1 (The Governments #1 Defense against Terrorism is Pretending It Wasn't Terrorism~!)
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To: wideawake

No biggie, I don't think less of folks who take time to make some money, or who have other episodes that require attention.

I think it's more common, though, that a lot of folks on the five or six year plan register for 4 classes per semester, end up dropping 1 or 2 consistently, and that extends their time in college.

I know dozens of guys and gals like this. This has nothing to do with money or special circumstance.


33 posted on 10/13/2005 11:50:45 AM PDT by HitmanLV
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To: sandbar

Problem: this "boy" was 24 years old -- an age when normally developing MEN have a solidifying sense of what is reckless and what is responsible. If this "boy" was a victim in any way, it was his being the son of rich, famous lawyer who probably shirked the responsibility of good parenting.


34 posted on 10/13/2005 11:52:55 AM PDT by Bruceski
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To: wideawake
If you are driving a car 100 mph at night on a winding road in a rainstorm,

This is what my brother did. Drinking. What is there to say about that? Death wish, self-destructive behavior. Self-hatred. Selfish, self-centered, oblivious to the feelings of others, especially his son whom he purported to love. Course I always knew he had that sociopathic streak.

35 posted on 10/13/2005 11:56:12 AM PDT by ichabod1 (The Governments #1 Defense against Terrorism is Pretending It Wasn't Terrorism~!)
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To: veronica
that smug, mean SOB Simpson just keeps on rolling along...

I suppose. Everybody is wise to him now though. I doubt there are very many people who would want to be him. I sure wouldn't.

36 posted on 10/13/2005 11:58:15 AM PDT by ichabod1 (The Governments #1 Defense against Terrorism is Pretending It Wasn't Terrorism~!)
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To: ichabod1
Damn it man!


If I had my druthers I think I would have "pushed" Brent Shapiro. After all, the torso bit may be painful, but it's final. ;)



37 posted on 10/13/2005 11:59:22 AM PDT by G.Mason
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To: BurbankKarl

Prayers for the Shapiro family in their grief. A co-workers son died several years ago at the age of 19 from taking ecstasy.

This is so painful.


38 posted on 10/13/2005 12:00:24 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert (Texas Cowboy...you da man!!)
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To: HitmanNY

Don't you think there's an awareness that students are better prepared if they get some work under their belt before they graduate so they can make some money and demonstrate they have the basic suit up and show up skills?

I don't know, but I always did better at school if I was working too. Helped me structure my time. If I was going to school only I had too much free time and I would procrastinate and in the end things wouldn't get done.

When I worked, I had certain windows for studying that I had to hit, because they were the only time windows I had.

But then I dropped out for 5 years. I worked full time and went to school for a long time. I wasn't too good at school the first time around. "Behavioral issues" as the other poster said.


39 posted on 10/13/2005 12:02:21 PM PDT by ichabod1 (The Governments #1 Defense against Terrorism is Pretending It Wasn't Terrorism~!)
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To: ichabod1
I'm very sorry to hear that. That's horrible. They never think about the ones they leave behind, do they?

My mother's best friend's son did something similar to her - cursed and fought with his mother, stole her car keys while she wasn't looking and then drunkenly hydroplaned into a tree at 75mph.

The poor, sweet woman very nearly lost her mind. She was in another world at the funeral. It was absolutely heartbreaking.

40 posted on 10/13/2005 12:05:50 PM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: BurbankKarl

I will post what many are thinking. If the FR secret police can't handle it then so be it:

There is a side of me that is sad for the Shapiro family because their son died.

HOWEVER, THERE IS A SIDE OF ME THAT CELEBRATES ROBERT SHAPIRO'S SUFFEREING DUE TO HIS SON'S DEATH. THAT SCUM GREEDY LAWYER SHOULD SUFFER FOR REPRESENTING THE MURDERER SIMPSON. MAY HE SUFFER FOR THE DEATH OF HIS CHILD.

Silas


41 posted on 10/13/2005 12:08:10 PM PDT by Silas
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To: ichabod1
I would say that I am sorry for your lose, ichabod1. I am also sorry for Mr. Shapiro and his family. Some times we have no control over what others do to themselves we can only grieve for them.
42 posted on 10/13/2005 12:08:10 PM PDT by asp1
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To: Silas
I think that's over the top.

I hope that Shapiro now puts himself in Fred Goldman's shoes and uses his considerable talents to help crime victims pro bono, instead of collecting paychecks from wealthy thugs.

43 posted on 10/13/2005 12:11:53 PM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: ichabod1

I think a year or so of work, or two years or so of military service, between highh school and college is an excellent idea. Not at all because they can demonstrate that they can suit up and show up, though.

I think that a year outside of an academic setting really would mature the typical 18 year old. A lot of the ivory tower stuff that passes for critical thinking and analysis in colleges won't pass the smell test of someone who has some real experience under their belt.


44 posted on 10/13/2005 12:28:53 PM PDT by HitmanLV
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To: G.Mason
I noticed that in the "Books" section, he listed the "Big Book", which was linked to the book, Alcoholics Anonymous. My guess is that he had troubles before with substance abuse.
45 posted on 10/13/2005 12:42:24 PM PDT by TravisBickle
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To: Silas

"MAY HE SUFFER FOR THE DEATH OF HIS CHILD."

The son was a drug addict. He was also one of these wild-ones, that idolizes the likes of other alcoholic/addicts such as Jim Morrison.

How is the father of a 24 year old responsible for such things?

I would guess it is not a Christian wish, for the father to suffer. I can't say if it would be a Jewish wish.

It probably would be a muslim wish, from my overall impression of that faith tradition.


46 posted on 10/13/2005 4:09:05 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: BurbankKarl

Very sad. Prayers for the Shapiros. To lose a child at such a young age is a horror that I wish on nobody.


47 posted on 10/13/2005 4:44:15 PM PDT by deadhead (God Bless Our Troops and Veterans)
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To: Silas
How can you "celebrate" such suffering? Despicable!
48 posted on 10/13/2005 4:46:43 PM PDT by deadhead (God Bless Our Troops and Veterans)
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To: All
Condolences to Bob Shapiro. His son's overdose death is such a waste of human life.

For those who wish to "twist the knife" because Shapiro was a defense lawyer: shame on you. Everyone deserves a competent and zealous defense in our judicial system. He's not to blame if the jury acquits a guilty man.

49 posted on 10/14/2005 12:20:14 AM PDT by newzjunkey (CA: Stop union theft for political agendas with YES on Prop 75! Prolife? YES on Prop 73!)
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To: Hildy
So, if you're driving a car a little too fast, or skiing or hangliding it's ok to die because you chose to do the activity?

We're all ultimately responsible for the risks we assume. It's a fact of life. Sometimes we "get away" with things and sometimes we don't. Skiing, hangliding, speeding are not without risks. You could hit a tree like Sonny Bono and Michael Kennedy. We try to manage risks with safety equipment in cars, helmets and training. Non-monogamous marital sexual activity is one area that involves risk. It could be a pregnancy, HIV or just being found out cheating in a relationship.

This concept is a point I discussed in the embryonic stem-cell debate here on FR. I specifically recall an example about a spinal cord injury in high school football star. I'm sorry for his injury but he accepts that risk when he plays. Asking us to destroy nascent life to paper over the consequences of his choice to play football is immoral, ethically bankrupt, arrogant and barbaric. The same would have gone for Chris Reeve and others.

It's isn't heartless when you side for life that hasn't even yet had an opportunity to breath or enjoy the choices you yourself suddenly regret because of your injury. Fortunately, we don't have to make those choices since there are so many other opportunities for stem cell sources other than destroying life.

Ultimately, 24 year old law student Brent Shapiro is responsible for his own death.

50 posted on 10/14/2005 12:36:08 AM PDT by newzjunkey (CA: Stop union theft for political agendas with YES on Prop 75! Prolife? YES on Prop 73!)
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