This podcast is a slight divergence from my most recent interviews, but in every way fits the original spirit of Mormon Stories. Within these 3 episodes, we tell the story of Harold Poole–an LDS survivor of one of the most barbaric events in the 20th century–the Bataan Death March. We also discuss in some depth the ethics of law, and the juxtaposition of being LDS and a lawyer.
Episode 1: We meet James W. Parkinson–a high profile personal injury lawyer, and a member of the LDS Church. We discuss Jim’s early years in Indio, CA, his early career as a law student and trial lawyer, his involvement in the “Big Tobacco” settlement, and his introduction to Harold Poole–LDS member and survivor of the Bataan Death March.
Episode 2: Jim tells us the story of Harold Poole–member of the LDS church, and survivor of the Bataan Death March. We discuss in detail how Mr. Poole survived the march, and his subsequent enslavement to a Japanese steel factory.
Episode 3: Jim Parkinson tells us the story of how he and his colleagues initiated a law suit on behalf of the Bataan Death March survivors, and took the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and then to the U.S. Congress.
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