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Edmund Reggie (2013)
The Associated PressLAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Edmund Reggie, who managed John F. Kennedy's Louisiana campaign and whose daughter later married Sen. Edward Kennedy, has died at his home in Lafayette. He was 87.His family issued a statement saying Reggie died Tuesday morning, without providing further details."We are comforted by his deep faith and memories of his wonderful sense of humor, good...
Dexter Douglass (2013)
The Associated PressTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Dexter Douglass, one of the lead attorneys who represented Al Gore during the chaotic presidential election recount of 2000, has died.Douglass was 83.Lacy Douglass said her father, who had been battling bladder cancer, died early Tuesday morning at his home in Tallahassee.Douglass — who his daughter called a "staunch Democrat" — was deeply...
Irwin Russell (2013)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — A family representative says prominent entertainment lawyer Irwin Russell, whose clients included such industry heavyweights as Michael Eisner, Jim Henson and David Wolper, has died at age 87.Russell, who died Friday in Los Angeles of leukemia, was a key player in the 1984 takeover and subsequent expansion of The Walt Disney Co.In a statement, Eisner,...
Jacques Verges, 88 (1925 - 2013)
LORI HINNANT, The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — Jacques Verges, the flamboyant lawyer who earned the nickname the "Devil's advocate" for his defense of former Nazis, terrorist bombers and notorious dictators and their aides, has died. He was 88.Verges died of cardiac arrest on Thursday in the Paris bedroom of Voltaire, the Enlightenment philosopher famed for his attacks on the establishment,...
Leonard Garment, 89 (1924 - 2013)
DEEPTI HAJELA, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Leonard Garment, a lawyer who was a friend and adviser to President Richard Nixon as the Watergate scandal unfolded and who urged him not to destroy tapes of his conversations, has died at age 89.Garment, who had been ill, died Saturday at his Manhattan home, his wife, Suzanne Garment, said Monday.Garment and Nixon met when Nixon joined the law...
Jean-Louis Scherrer, 78 (1935 - 2013)
The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — French designer Jean-Louis Scherrer, who dressed such fashion plates as Jackie Kennedy at the height of his career, has died. He was 78.The French Couture...
Thomas Penfield Jackson, 76 (1937 - 2013)
The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Thomas Penfield Jackson, who as a federal judge in Washington presided over a Microsoft antitrust case and the drug possession trial of former Mayor Marion...
Richie Phillips (2013)
The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Richie Phillips, a tough-talking Philly lawyer who became a negotiator for Major League Baseball umpires and NBA referees, has died. He was 72. ...
Jagdish Sharan Verma, 80 (1933 - 2013)
The Associated PressNEW DELHI (AP) — Jagdish Sharan Verma, the former Indian chief justice who helped lead the charge for tough new laws to protect women in the wake of a gang rape of a woman on a...
William H. Ginsburg, 70 (1943 - 2013)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — William H. Ginsburg, who was Monica Lewinsky's first lawyer during the sex scandal involving President Bill Clinton, has died. He was 70.Ginsburg was...
Tom Clements (2013)
The Associated PressCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A public memorial service is planned Monday for the director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, who was fatally shot when he answered his...
Mariam Farhat (2013)
The Associated PressGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A firebrand Palestinian lawmaker known as the "mother of martyrs" who championed her sons' attacks on Israelis has died.Health official Ashraf Al...
Mary Ann Bertles Stewart (2013)
The Associated PressBRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — The widow of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart has died in Vermont. Mary Ann Bertles Stewart was 93.Her daughter, Harriet Stewart Virkstis...
Louis F. Oberdorfer (1919 - 2013)
JESSICA GRESKO, The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Louis F. Oberdorfer, a former deputy to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in the 1960s who later heard hundreds of cases as a federal judge in...
Ronald Dworkin, 81 (1931 - 2013)
GREGORY KATZ, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — American philosopher and constitutional law expert Ronald Dworkin, a liberal scholar who argued that the law should be founded on moral integrity,...
Karel Vas (2012)
The Associated PressPRAGUE (AP) — Karel Vas, a prosecutor who came to symbolize unlawful trials during the post-1948 communist takeover of Czechoslovakia, has died, a government institute said...
Arthur Chaskalson, 81 (1931 - 2012)
The Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — Arthur Chaskalson, a civil rights lawyer who once helped defend Nelson Mandela and later became South Africa's chief justice, has died. He was 81.South...
Betty Binns Fletcher, 89 (1923 - 2012)
GENE JOHNSON, The Associated PressSEATTLE (AP) — Judge Betty Binns Fletcher, considered a liberal stalwart of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for decades, has died at age 89, a spokesman for...
Robert J. Kelleher, 99 (1913 - 2012)
LINDA DEUTSCH, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Senior U.S. District Judge Robert J. Kelleher, the country's oldest serving federal judge and once an important figure in U.S. tennis, has...
Louis H. Pollak, 89 (1922 - 2012)
MATT MOORE, The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Louis H. Pollak, a federal judge who as a young lawyer helped work on the pivotal school-desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education, and...
James Browning, 93 (1918 - 2012)
PAUL ELIAS, The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — James Browning, the nation's longest-serving federal appellate judge, died more than a half-century after his appointment by President John...
John Payton, 65 (1946 - 2012)
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights lawyer John Payton, who defended the University of Michigan's affirmative action policy before the Supreme Court and led the NAACP Legal Defense...
Thomas Puccio, 67 (2012)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — A prominent defense lawyer who won an acquittal for socialite Claus von Bulow on charges of trying to kill his heiress wife has died. He was 67.Manhattan's Frank...
Maxwell Keith (2012)
The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maxwell Keith, an attorney who defended two members of the Manson family during their trials for the 1969 Tate-LaBianca killings, has died in California....
Judge Wesley Brown, 104 (1907 - 2012)
ROXANA HEGEMAN, The Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — As the nation's oldest sitting federal judge in history, U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown allowed himself few concessions to his...
Philip Vannatter, 70 (2012)
CHRISTOPHER WEBER, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Philip Vannatter, the Los Angeles police detective who served as a lead investigator in the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and...
John C. Keeney, 89 (2011)
The Associated Press, The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Retired Justice Department official John C. Keeney, the longest-serving federal prosecutor in the history of the United States, has died...
Ricky Wyatt, 57 (2011)
The Associated PressMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man whose lawsuit helped lead to nationwide changes in mental health care has died.Ricky Wyatt was 57. He died Tuesday at a Tuscaloosa...
Nick Navarro, 81 (2011)
The Associated PressFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A former South Florida sheriff who once ordered the arrest of rap group 2 Live Crew on obscenity charges has died. He was 81.Broward Sheriff's...
Pamela Rymer, 70 (1941 - 2011)
PAUL ELIAS, The Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Judge Pamela Rymer of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has died after a years-long battle with cancer.The federal court on Thursday...