* Gerhard A. Gesell, 82, a federal judge who presided over...


February 23, 1993

* Gerhard A. Gesell, 82, a federal judge who presided over Watergate cases and the Iran-contra affair died Friday of liver cancer in Washington. Judge Gesell, appointed to the U.S. District Court in Washington in 1967 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, also oversaw the release of the Pentagon Papers and a case tied to the legalization of abortion.

* David L. Bazelon, a former federal appeals court judge who pioneered the application of psychiatry to criminal law in expanding the insanity defense, died of pneumonia Friday at his home in Washington. Judge Bazelon served more than 30 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia before stepping down in 1985 citing memory problems. He had Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

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