Evansville attorney Joshua Claybourn posted some sad news on his Facebook page of the passing of former Marion Co. Deputy Prosecutor and Republican Party activist Terry Record of Evansville at the age of 34. Long-time readers of this blog will probably recall Record's highly-publicized and tragic fatal drunk driving arrest and conviction that claimed the life of 47-year old Jimmy Cash on the city's Southside in 2007. Here's Claybourn's Facebook thoughtful posting on Record's passing and his efforts towards redemption:
It's with sadness I let my friends know of the passing of Terry J. Record at the young age of 34 years old. Terry was a contemporary of mine. He graduated from Harrison H.S. in Evansville, Indiana University in Bloomington, and law school at Southern Illinois. He had many gifts and talents, including public policy and law that eventually landed him a brief spot on the staff of Indianapolis prosecutor Carl Brizzi and then as attorney with the state. But his high profile involvement with politics also made his demons more visible as well. Terry's public struggle with the law culminated most notably with a DUI crash that killed another driver and resulted in over a year in jail. Sadly, this aspect of Terry's life is what many will remember. But I will remember his courageous path toward redemption and a renewed faith, particularly through the Catholic tradition. He worked hard to cross the bridge of forgiveness toward a new hope. I do not know if Terry ever found that in this life, but I pray and trust that he has found it in his new one.Record received a two-year sentence, which he served on home detention. He also lost his license to practice law. Record had blogged at one time at radio talk show host Abdul-Hakim Shabazz' blog, Indiana Barrister, for a period of time prior to his arrest. Unfortunately, his struggle with alcoholism was no doubt exacerbated by a poisonous work environment former Marion Co. Prosecutor Carl Brizzi fostered for those like Record who worked on his campaigns and in his office during his two terms as prosecutor. It's unfortunate he didn't get the help he needed before such a tragic set of events played out eight years ago. Our condolences to the Record family on the loss of their son.