Ken retired this month from CDPL, where he had worked since 1996 and earned his reputation as one of North Carolina’s most respected and visionary death penalty defense attorneys. During his 35-year career in North Carolina, Ken never lost the idealism or the passion that has driven him since his earliest days. He never stopped being surprised — and outraged — at injustice. He never stopped plotting to outwit the machinery of death. And he never stopped representing every client as if both of their lives depended on it.