Alton Maddox Jr., also known as the “Attorney at War” and the “People’s Lawyer,” passed away on April 23, 2023, at the age of 77. He was known for his take-no-prisoners legal practice and the controversial cases he litigated without compromise or concession. Maddox was a hot topic for news agencies for several decades. In 1987, he demanded that blacks boycott New York courts, stating that it made no sense to go into these racist courts and expect justice. Maddox was suspended from practicing law in 1990 after he refused to respond to a grievance committee hearing complaints about his conduct in the Tawana Brawley case. Maddox was staying in the Bronx for over a year before his death, which occurred in a nursing home on April 23, 2023. Mayor Eric Adams called Maddox a legal genius who used his legal knowledge as a shield and fought on behalf of marginalized people of color. Rev. Al Sharpton gave his condolences to Maddox’s son and grandchildren.

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