Ernest Ametistov,64, a member of Russia's highest court...

Deaths Elsewhere

September 09, 1998

Ernest Ametistov,64, a member of Russia's highest court who defended democratic freedoms and pressed for legal reforms, died of cancer Monday in Moscow.

Mr. Ametistov, whose father was arrested and executed in the purges of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, started working as editor for a state publishing house in the late 1950s. Later, he joined research centers dealing with legal studies, specializing in international law.

He was elected a judge of the Constitutional Court in October 1991 and was known for his persistent efforts to streamline and liberalize the Soviet-era legal system.

Charlie Feathers,66, a rockabilly singer who shared songwriting credit on Elvis Presley's last hit for Sun Records, died Aug. 29 in PTC Memphis, Tenn., of complications after a stroke.

Best known for the novelty tune "Tongue-Tied Jill," Mr. Feathers got his start making demos of songs at Sun Records in Memphis. He co-wrote "I Forgot to Remember to Forget," Mr. Presley's final hit with the record company.

Kirk O'Donnell,52, a prominent Washington lawyer who served as general counsel to House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill Jr., died Saturday after collapsing while jogging in Boston.

Pub Date: 9/08/98

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