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Judge: White supremacist lucky he had black attorney

June 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

CHICAGO, June 6 (UPI) -- An Illinois judge says a white supremacist he sentenced to 10 years in prison is lucky to have had the black attorney who defended him.

Brian James Moudry, 36, had been convicted of torching the Joliet home of a black family in 2007.

Judge Robert Gentleman said Moudry's court-appointed African-American attorney, MiAngel Cody, had represented Moudry "so ably and compassionately" and should teach him "race doesn't matter," the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday.

Cody had argued Moudry's crime had been influenced by his untreated schizophrenia, childhood abuse and extreme intoxication.

Prosecutor Nancy DePodesta had pushed for the 10-year sentence, saying Moudry's offense was an "exceptionally despicable crime motivated by hate."

In a show of support, Cody put her hand on Moudry's shoulder as he was led out of the courtroom.

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