Valley Defense Attorney Loses Battle with Cancer

April 30, 2008 3:35:35 PM PDT
A well known defense attorney has lost his battle with leukemia. Ernest Kinney passed away Tuesday night at the age of 63.He was at home, surrounded by close family when he peacefully slipped away around 11:40 Tuesday night.

During Kinney's final television interview close to two weeks ago he said he was proud of his success and felt he lived a very fulfilling life.

"Whatever happens to me, whatever happens to me I was born in the high Sierra of Bishop California in god's country to two wonderful parents that are 90 and still alive. You know you just can't have the good things happen and turn around and say why me. Of course I want to see my grandkids of course I want that life but quality of life is more important."

During his career Kinney has represented some of the Valley's most notorious criminals, like Dana Ewell who was convicted of killing his entire family in 1992.

Kinney was proud to have also served his country in the Marine Corps as a captain.

Even though he battled prosecutors and sometimes even judges in the courtroom outside the courthouse they were friends.

Over the past few days attorneys and judges filled Kinney's home to thank him for touching their lives and leaving his mark on the legal community.

Kinney appeared on action news for several years providing legal analysis for other high profile Valley court cases.

Kinney is survived by his wife Marion, two children, and several grandchildren.

A memorial service is being planned.


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