Robert J. Parins
Robert James Parins
August 23, 1918
|Died||May 26, 2017 (aged 98)|
|Known for||President of the Green Bay Packers (1982-1989)|
Born on August 23, 1918 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Parins graduated from Green Bay East High School in 1936. He received a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1940. Parins served as Brown County, Wisconsin Circuit Court judge from 1968 to 1982. He served as a reserve judge for the Wisconsin circuit courts in District 7. He died on May 26, 2017 in Hobart, Wisconsin at the age of 98.
The officers were originally dismissed for returning Konerak Sinthasomphone, who was a 14-year-old Laotian boy, to the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer on May 27, 1991. Sinthasomphone was reported missing the prior day. He had escaped Dahmer and was found naked, drugged, and with anal bleeding by Nichole Childress and Sandra Smith, two young black women. The women called police and four officers showed up, two being Garish and Balcerzak. The officers threatened to arrest Childress and Smith if they persisted in trying to help Sinthasomphone or to provide information. The officers escorted Sinthasomphone back inside Dahmer's apartment where Dahmer later killed him. At the time, Dahmer was a known registered sex offender and on probation for sexually fondling Somsack Sinthasomphone (Konerak's older brother) years earlier. Sinthasomphone became Dahmer's 13th rape and murder victim.
Judge Parins was appointed to hear the case by the director of state courts because he was not from Milwaukee County. Judge Parins said, "It is shocking to one's sense of fairness," of the dismissals and Garish and Balcerzak should have been suspended for 60 days at most.
The records of conversation between dispatch, the officers, and witnesses conveyed racism and homophobia by police, which demonstrated bad judgment and led to the death of Sinthasomphone and the reason Garish and Balcerzak were fired. Despite repeated statements to police that Sinthasomphone was underage, police did not bother to investigate any available information.
After being a vice-president in the Green Bay Packers organization, Parins was named the team's president on May 31, 1982, succeeding Dominic Olejniczak. He was the teams' first full-time president and served until he retired on June 5, 1989 after being succeeded by Bob Harlan. While Parins was president, the Packers' record was 43-61-2. Parins was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1998.
During Parins' tenure, the team's most notable activities were:
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