Louis F. Oberdorfer, a former deputy Attorney General and a federal court judge died Thursday, according to a Feb. 22 Associated Press report. Federal court spokesman Sheldon Snook said that Judge Oberdorfer died on his 94th birthday.
Judge Oberdorfor was a distinguished public servant. The Dartmouth College alum obtained a law degree from the prestigious Yale University before clerking for Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black. He subsequently served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department during the Robert F. Kennedy era.
The author of over 1300 federal opinions was appointed to the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia bench by President Jimmy Carter in 1977, where he served fulltime until hetook senior status in 1992. His diverse array of opinions ranged from veteran cases to Ku Klux Klan matters and mandatory prison terms. The Associated Press reports that one of Judge Oberdorfer’s opinions extended veteran status to thousands of men who sailed merchant ships during World World II and another granted the Ku Klux Klan permission to march to the U.S. Capitol.
His colleague Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth said Oberdorfer died in his sleep.
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