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.
Wasn't he at a strip bar getting some lap dances, on the day of the occurrence?
If only he had stayed at the strip bar awhile longer
until he had sobered up, his path may never have crossed with the other motorist.
I feel more sorry for the person he killed, that was the true victim without a chance.
I am truly sorry for the Record families loss. But I will not mourn Records passing that much. After all he killed a man and barely got a smack on the wrist!
Wait, am I reading these comments correctly? You are STILL chastising this guy after he died? What happened, happened.
I don't agree with his politics or want to glamorize his choices that night long ago, but the man is dead. Show some respect.
I knew him from high school and he was a very nice person. Rest in peace, Terry.
How did he pass??? No one seems to be sharing.
Why did you screen my earlier comment about inappropriately using this guy's death to try to score political points against some former prosecutor? What a hack job. Must be a liberal blog...
I was acquainted with the guy in law school. He seemed like a friendly, considerate guy, but I guess he was struggling with his own inner demons like may of us. My heart goes out for him and the person he killed in his crash. Tragic all around.
Respectfully. The negative comments about Mr. Record are entirely his fault. Yes he is dead. But he lived 8 years longer than the man he killed did. Given the somewhat dubious respect he treated his profession with. And the fact that he used his working relationship with Carl Brizzi to avoid prison. I think we have been very polite to him.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
R.I.P Terry, my friends
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