Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

September 10, 2002

John P. Frank, 84, a Phoenix attorney who handled the case that led to the creation of the Miranda rights, died Saturday in Phoenix.

Mr. Frank joined the firm of Lewis and Roca in 1954 and represented Ernesto Miranda in the landmark Miranda vs. Arizona case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1966.

Mr. Miranda was arrested in Phoenix in 1963 on armed robbery, kidnapping and rape charges and signed a confession while in police custody. After his conviction, Mr. Miranda's lawyers appealed on the grounds that he did not know he was protected from self-incrimination.

The Supreme Court threw out the conviction in a landmark ruling stating that prosecutors may not use statements made by defendants while in police custody unless authorities have advised them of their rights.

In 1992, Mr. Frank was a legal adviser to Anita Hill in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas.

Uzi Gal, 79, inventor of Israel's most famous contribution to the arms industry -- the Uzi submachine gun -- died Saturday in Jerusalem.

The 9 mm weapon became a mainstay of armies and secret services worldwide.

More than 1.5 million Uzis have been manufactured, and exports of the weapon have earned Israel billions of dollars. Mr. Gal never received any compensation for his invention beyond his Israel Military Industries salary.

Born Uziel Gal in Germany in 1923, he fled with his family to England when Hitler came to power. The family immigrated to British Mandatory Palestine in 1936, when he was 13, and settled in Kibbutz Yagur.

In 1948, when the first Arab-Israeli war broke out, Mr. Gal was ordered to develop a submachine gun for the Israeli army. The Uzi was not delivered to the army until 1954, but in the 1956 Sinai campaign against Egypt it proved its deadly effectiveness and reliability.

Cardinal Lucas Moreira Neves, 76, a top Vatican official once considered a possible successor to Pope John Paul II, died Sunday in Rome.

Cardinal Neves was archbishop of Salvador for 11 years until called to the Vatican in 1998, when the pope made him prefect of the influential Congregation of Bishops and president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

He stepped down from both positions in 2000 because of failing health.

William Schwartz, 63, a former president of Cox Enterprises who spent years as a leader in the fight against prostate cancer after he was diagnosed with the disease, died yesterday in Atlanta.

Mr. Schwartz spent 35 years as a media executive. Since 1994, when he was diagnosed with the disease, he had dedicated himself to raising research money and increasing awareness of the condition.

He was president and chief operating officer of Cox Enterprises from the early 1980s until 1987. He oversaw Cox Enterprise's purchase of TV stations nationwide from the Cox family.

He became volunteer chief executive officer of the National Prostate Cancer Coalition and a board member of CaP CURE, a prostate cancer fund-raising and awareness group.

Rulon T. Jeffs, the leader of what is perhaps the nation's largest polygamist sect, died Sunday. He was 92 or 93.

Mr. Jeffs' church has thousands of members, mostly in the twin border communities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. Estimates of the membership have ranged as high as 12,000, but Scott Berry, attorney for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, said it probably was 6,000 to 8,000.

Mr. Jeffs, an accountant, was rumored to have had between 19 and 75 wives and dozens of children, KSL Radio said. Mr. Berry said no information on that matter would be disclosed.

The church is highly secretive and its leaders rarely grant interviews. It is one of the polygamist sects that have been the target of allegations of welfare abuse and forced marriage of teen-age girls. Two years ago, the leaders told parents to pull their children out of public schools and teach them at home.

Yuji Ichioka, 66, a historian and professor who coined the term "Asian-American" in the late 1960s, died of cancer Sept. 1 in Los Angeles.

Mr. Ichioka, who taught the first Asian-American Studies course at UCLA in 1969, was considered the country's leading expert on Japanese-American history. He also was a prominent archivist.

Mr. Ichioka's family was interned at a relocation center during World War II. Years later, his testimony at congressional hearings on the injustice of internment led to a presidential apology and the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.

Peter Barton, 51, a former president and chief executive of cable television programmer Liberty Media Corp., died Sunday in Denver of stomach cancer.

Mr. Barton, who started his career in cable television in 1982 as a personal assistant to John Malone of Tele-Communications Inc. In 1986, he engineered a merger with home shopping powerhouse QVC. Mr. Malone said Sunday that the merger helped TCI become profitable.

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