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Attorney reviewing book on Garfield assassination

Sanford R. Shapiro

Local attorney Sanford R. Shapiro will review a new book Tuesday on the shooting of President James Garfield in 1881 by a self-proclaimed lawyer named Charles Guiteau.

The book, “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President,” by Candice Millard, also deals with the medical care Garfield received by a team of incompetent doctors in the three months after he was shot, a time in which the nation was effectively without a president.

After Garfield died, Guiteau defended himself in a trial that lasted through two months of testimony, arguing the gunshot wounds did not kill Garfield; that he died of medical malpractice.

Shapiro is senior litigation counsel at Forsyth, Howe, O’Dwyer, Kalb & Murphy PC. The program, part of the Rochester Public Library Books Sandwiched-In series, will be at 12:10 p.m. April 3 in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, 115 South Ave.