Federal public defender found dead in apparent suicide

Fellow defense lawyer says Jake Waldrop was 'a true believer,' 'fearless advocate'

, Daily Report


Thomas J. "Jake" Waldrop, 58, an assistant federal public defender, was found dead in his car in the parking deck of the State Bar of Georgia on Tuesday afternoon.

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What's being said

  • Michael Abbott

    Jake was a breath of fresh air. He will be sorely missed. /

  • Roger Martin, Hall Booth Smith

    Jake was a special guy. The entire charter class of GSU law school was richer for knowing Jake. He was always the highlight of our class reunions. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • Michael Mears, Associate Professor of Law at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School

    Jake was the epitome of what a public defender should be. He was zealous in his advocacy for his clients and dedicated to the protection everyone should receive within the judicial system. He had a great disposition and he was friendly and outgoing and he will be sorely missed. The criminal defense community has lost a truly important advocate.

  • Lawrence Zimmerman

    Jake was a good friend, a great human being, and a great lawyer. Our world has lost someone special. It is so awful. We should all keep his family in our thoughts while they struggle through this terrible time.

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