Victor A. Spettro
"The law is reason, free from passion." -Aristotle
"The law is reason, free from passion." -Aristotle
Victor Spettro
Personal Data
Real Name: Victor Alejandro Spettro
Known Aliases: none
Age: 44
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Grey
Biographical Data
Nationality: Italian
Place of Birth: Venice, Italy
Base of Operations: Chicago, IL; Springfield, IL; Gary, IN; Indianapolis, IN; Dearborn, MI
Known Relatives: Wife: Sanders, Lucy A; Daughter: Genevieve E.
Known Powers
Pure human baby.

Background:

Victor Spettro was born in Italy, and came with his parents to America at the age of 6. His father, Marcus Spettro, (Spettro = Spectrum in Italian) was a librarian turned law clerk after his crossing, while his mother, Lucita, was a fine housewife. Victor was raised fairly poor until his father’s promotion, and subsequently became able to think about actually attending college in his later years. This was further pushed by his parents, especially his father, who was barred further promotion without an education. Victor applied himself, working two jobs, and entered Loyola University Chicago School of Law at the age of 18, graduating later with honors. He immediately began to practice, much to the delight of his family, who he later supported. While prosecuting a case with possible mafia ties, he made plans to go to dinner with his parents. On the way out to the car, Victor realized he had forgotten his wallet of all things, tossed the keys to his father, and told them he would just be a second as he ran back inside. That decision saved his life.

The mafia had wired Victor’s car with a bomb, and the explosion consumed both his parents. Consumed with rage, as it took little thought to figure out the implications, Victor decided that never would another be harmed by his actions, and that all criminals would atone for their crimes. He subsequently won his case, and the next, and kept going after members of the mafia until he was confronted with a corrupt judge, who let his current prey off scott-free. He had made many contacts on his way up, and most took the time to tell him that was as far as he could go. To see the honest men he worked with warn him off told Victor that there was too much to lose at that point, and he decided to pursue his justice in other ways. But he never forgot.

At 26, he already had an illustrious career. He soon met, and subsequently married, the love he didn’t even know he was looking for: Lucy Sanders. Pretty and smart, Lucy was an officer of Chicago’s 6th Precinct, and had cases with Victor on occasion before, though being at different points in such investigations, they had never really met. With some friendly coaxing from mutual friends, they went out on their first date early that year, and were married the next. Lucy was pregnant the next month. Victor had found some peace at last, and spent time divided between helping his wife prepare, and opening his first law office, so that he would have more time available at home.

Alas, peace for good men never lasts. The day came when the child was coming, and Victor was pleasantly surprised to be among the first to meet his newborn daughter. Unfortunately, his wife suddenly entered cardiac arrest, from which she didn’t recover. Doctors were puzzled and Victor was devastated, gaining and losing so much so quickly. But he was determined to make the best of things, and though he quietly suspected some foul play may account for his wife’s death (one of those nurses looked REALLY familiar) he had no proof, nor the time to pursue such leads. So he dedicated himself to the task at hand, raising his daughter, Geneviève.

Current Sketch:

Victor has since expanded his operations, setting up offices with honest attorneys in many cities. This has given him an expanded set of contacts, and also lets him promote justice by giving the few attorneys dedicated to finding it a home regardless of ultimate wins and losses. Victor tends to hire based off what he can find out about others true character, and not their courtroom performances.

He has raised Genevieve to the best of his abilities, and is quite proud of her. He knows that she gets into some stuff she shouldn’t, but since he’d rather encourage curiosity, he never stopped it.

He was quite surprised that she revealed powers, but with the stories coming to him of others like her, he wasn’t at all frightened of her, knowing she would want what was best. After all, if she ever crosses the line, she knows one man that will prosecute her personally….

Trivia

Victor is quite fond of quotes from his homeland, and uses them every chance he gets, to the point where Genevieve can accurately predict where a conversation is leading. The most common ones he uses, and hence the ones she tends to repeat on occasion, are:

"Meglio un giorno da leone che cento da pecora."Better one day as a lion than a hundred as a sheep.

"Quest' la vita e qui il gioire, un' ora di abbrezzo e poi morire."This is life and this is joy: an hour of embracing and then to die.

"Chi più sa, meno crede."The more one knows, the less one believes.

"Smuovere mare e monti."To move heaven and earth.

"Val più la pratica della grammatica."Experience is more important than theory.

"Vivi e lascia vivere."Live and let live.

Bar Admissions

Illinois
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
Education
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1982 J.D.
Honors: magna cum laude
Honors: Two-Year Academic Tutor for Professor Spencer Waller in Civil Procedure
Honors: Top Grade in International Law
Honors: Extern for the Hon. Stephen Schiller, Circuit Court of Cook County
Honors: Law Clerk, Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Criminal Appeals Div.
Honors: Rome Comparative Law Program/London Advocacy Program Member
Law Journal: Loyola University of Chicago, Member of Student Articles Committee
Miami University, 1980

B.A.
Honors: Habitat for Humanity Member 1986-99
Honors: Trip Leader 1988-89
Major: Political Science and Classical Humanities
Law School Alumni Association
Designated one of the best lawyers in America by the Harvard Press and continued with such designation from 1996 to date.
Recognition of excellence in advocacy from Illinois Trial Lawyers Association as a presenter at seminars including a Criminal Law Seminar in 1988 and editor of various articles published in the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Journal including issues of cameras in the courtroom, lawyer advertising and professional specialization.

Presenter at the Illinois Bar Association Practical Law Review 1982-1992.
Received award for outstanding service at the Illinois College of Advocacy, Trial Tactics and Techniques Institute, Illinois Bar Association 1993.

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