Regarding “Ex-US Rep. Todd Akin, sunk by ‘legitimate rape’ remark, dies” (Oct. 4): It’s a pity that Todd Akin, who died Oct. 3, is remembered mostly, if at all, for his “legitimate rape” comment that crashed his U.S. Senate candidacy in 2012.
I got to know him in the 1990s, when he was a state representative and I was working for Gov. Mel Carnahan. When checking in with legislators, I did not mind spending (wasting?) a little time talking to Akin because I was interested in what was going on in his 14th-century mind. Though he would never consider voting for what we were advocating, he was never disagreeable, and he obviously had spent a great deal of time thinking about his unusual beliefs. I appreciated that — some of his firmly held beliefs reminded me of why I was doing what I was doing.
Michael Wolff • Clayton
Former chief of the Missouri Supreme Court