Celebrity Deaths in Law

  • 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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  • George Barrett (2014)

    George Barrett

    LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, The Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Barrett, a longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer known for handling a case that ultimately desegregated the state's public colleges and universities, has died. He was 86.Barrett died Tuesday at a hospital, several partners of his Nashville-based law firm told The Associated Press.In a career that spanned more than 50 years...

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