2014 Year In Review

Remembering the lives of the most notable personalities lost in 2014

Celebrity Deaths in Law

  • Judge S. Arthur Spiegel, 94 (1920 - 2014)

    Judge S. Arthur Spiegel

    The Associated PressCINCINNATI (AP) — A longtime federal judge in Ohio known for his support of civil rights and for sending baseball star Pete Rose to prison has died. S. Arthur Spiegel (SPEE'-guhl) was 94.His judicial assistant for his 34 years on the federal bench confirms that Spiegel died Wednesday in Cincinnati. Other details weren't available immediately.Spiegel was appointed by...

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  • John Doar, 92 (1921 - 2014)

    John Doar

    ERIC TUCKER, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — John Doar, a top Justice Department civil rights lawyer in the 1960s who was at the center of key battles to protect the rights of black voters and integrate universities in the South, died Tuesday at age 92. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his son, Burke Doar. Doar was a Justice Department civil rights lawyer from 1960...

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  • Tom Sneddon (1941 - 2014)

    Tom Sneddon

    The Associated Press SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Tom Sneddon, the former district attorney who sought twice to try Michael Jackson on child molestation charges, has died. Sneddon died Saturday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital after a battle against cancer, Patrick McKinley, a retired assistant district attorney for Santa Barbara County who worked with Sneddon for more than three decades...

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  • Dollree Mapp (2014)

    Dollree Mapp

    By JESSICA GRESKO, The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — A woman who won a landmark 1961 Supreme Court case involving police searches and seizures has died.When police wanted to search Dollree Mapp's Ohio home in 1957, she told them to come back with a warrant. Her case ultimately prompted the nation's high court to rule that evidence obtained by illegal searches and seizures could not be used...

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  • Ahmed Seif (2014)

    Ahmed Seif

    SARAH EL DEEB, The Associated PressCAIRO (AP) — Ahmed Seif, one of Egypt's most prominent civil rights lawyer and campaigner, died Wednesday from complications following heart surgery. He was 63.Seif died in a Cairo hospital after spending nearly two weeks in an intensive care unit. He was one of Egypt's leading rights campaigners, imprisoned in the 1970s and 1980s for his activism against...

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