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Phillip Cherney has represented some notorious clients in his time, notably infamous Oakland drug czar Felix Mitchell Jr. in the mid ’80s and Joel Radovcich, whom Fresno, Calif., social climber Dana Ewell hired to murder his sister and wealthy parents in 1992.

Both cases made big headlines, but pale in comparison to that of the Visalia, Calif., solo’s current high-profile client: Richard Allen Davis, who made national news, and ushered in the state’s Three Strikes law, when he murdered 12-year-old Polly Klaas in 1993 after snatching her from her Petaluma, Calif., home during a slumber party.

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