Popular Prosecutor

George Hubel (St. Louis Dispatch)The headline on the obituary Michael Sorkin wrote for George Hubel seems oxymoronic:

George Hubel, popular parking ticket prosecutor, dies

How can a man, entrusted to dispense punishment on folks with parking violations, endear himself to them?

Sorkin wrote in the obit published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

“He had a big heart,” said Tim Maxwell, a lawyer and friend. As an assistant city counselor, Mr. Hubel had discretion to void parking tickets for just cause.

Hubel was known for the ease with which he used that power.


This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer. She was the director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers before she passed away in 2015.