Jim Burdon, who was quite likely the best criminal defense attorney in Akron history, died Monday at home. Reported by Bob Dyer. Burdon, 78, leaves a legion of admirers far beyond his exceedingly close-knit group of family and friends. It speaks volumes that J. Dean Carro, emeritus professor at the University of Akron Law School and one of the region’s foremost experts on the law, considered Burdon the best in the business.

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