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Joshua Eilberg

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Categories: Criminals, Law, Politicians

Joshua Eilberg, a former Democratic congressman from Philadelphia, died on March 24 of Parkinson’s disease. He was 83.
Eilberg graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Temple Law School, and served in the Naval Reserve during World War II. He spent two years working as an assistant district attorney before entering politics as a state representative.
In 1966, Eilberg was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. As House Immigration subcommittee chairman, he aided Asian refugees and Soviet Jews emigrating to the U.S. and Israel. Eilberg also sat on the House Judiciary Committee during President Richard M. Nixon’s impeachment hearings.
Three months after he lost his congressional seat to Republican Charles Dougherty in 1979, Eilberg pleaded guilty to conflict of interest charges in connection with money he received to obtain a federal grant for Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia. He was sentenced to five years probation and a $10,000 fine.
When he regained the right to practice law in 1985, Eilberg opened offices in Philadelphia and Jenkintown, Pa. He later became the executive director of Brith Sholom, a Jewish fraternal organization.


Herbert Choy

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Categories: Law, Military, Politicians

Herbert Young Cho Choy, the first Asian American to serve on the federal bench, died on March 10 of complications from pneumonia. He was 88.
Born on Kauai to Korean immigrants, Choy graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1938. He earned his law degree from Harvard University then became the first lawyer of Korean ancestry to gain admission to the bar.
After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Choi enlisted in the U.S. Army. He began his military career as a lieutenant and left as a captain, serving in both Japan and Korea. When he retired from the military in 1947, Choy moved to Honolulu and went into private practice with Katsuro Miho and Hiram Fong, who later became a U.S. senator. In 1957, Choy was named the attorney general for the Territory of Hawaii — the first person of Korean descent to hold such a post.
President Richard M. Nixon appointed Choy to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1971. The court hears cases originating in nine western states and two Pacific Island jurisdictions. The legal pioneer achieved senior status when he retired in 1984, but continued to work on cases for the San Francisco-based court.


Joan McCord

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Categories: Education, Law, Writers/Editors

jmccord.jpgJoan McCord, the first female president of the American Society of Criminology, died on Feb. 24 of lung cancer. She was 73.
The New York native received her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from Stanford University and did graduate work at Stanford and Harvard University. She taught sixth graders in Concord, Mass., then spent several years raising her children as a single mom.
McCord joined the faculty of Temple University as a criminal justice professor in 1987. Over the next 17 years, she developed a reputation as an internationally known scholar on the development of criminal behavior by writing, co-writing and editing 12 books and over 120 articles on delinquency, violence in the inner city and alcoholism.
McCord was best known for examining programs aimed at diverting juveniles from crime. After extensive study, she determined that summer camps, Scared Straight prison visitation programs and police-led drug education programs in schools did not always deter at-risk youths from committing crimes or becoming alcoholics.
McCord served as a senior research associate at the Center for Research in Human Development on Education and was the co-chair of the Panel on Juvenile Crime for the National Academy of Sciences. She also received numerous honors, including the American Society of Criminology’s Sutherland Award and the Prix Emile Durkheim Award from the International Society of Criminology.


Bobby D. Wight


Categories: Artists, Law

Bobby D. Wight, a veteran officer of the San Diego Police Department, was proud to wear his uniform every day. After all, he designed the department’s shoulder patch that is sewn into every officer’s jacket and shirt.
Born in Utah, Wight’s family moved to San Diego when he was a youth. After completing a cadet program with the El Cajon Police Department, he worked as a campus police officer at Grossmont College.
Wight graduated from the San Diego Regional Police Academy in 1980 and was sworn in as an SDPD officer the following year. He was one of seven officers assigned to the fledgling San Diego harbor unit, which patrols the waters of Mission Bay. Wight later worked in the Special Enforcement Division and helped write a gang enforcement manual used to train cadets at the police academy.
During his 20-year career in law enforcement, Wight received numerous commendations, including a medal for helping to clean up the Otay River Valley. In 1994, he was the SDPD’s nominee for San Diego County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Wight also ran Cop Art Designs, a graphic design shop that specialized in creating logos for police units. Health problems forced him to retire as a detective in 2000.
Wight died on Feb. 24 from complications of diabetes and a heart condition. He was 47.


Carol Conner

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Categories: Law

Carol Conner was a legal trailblazer who served as an icon to many young women in South Carolina.
A third-generation attorney, Connor served as a public defender in Richland County during the late-1970s. She spent five years as a Family Court judge, and became the state’s first female Circuit Court judge in 1988. Five years later, she was elected to the Appeals Court bench, another first for a woman in South Carolina.
Conner died on Feb. 20 from cancer. She was 54.

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