Other Notable Deaths


August 03, 2008


Led Nixon

impeachment hearings

Former Rep. John F. Seiberling, who served on the committee that led impeachment hearings against President Richard M. Nixon and laid the groundwork for Ohio's only national park, died of respiratory failure yesterday at his home near Akron after a long illness, said his wife, Betty Seiberling.

Mr. Seiberling, a Democrat, had been a corporate attorney for Akron-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for 17 years when he decided to run for Congress in 1970 because of his opposition to the Vietnam War.

He unseated longtime Republican Rep. William Ayres.

Mr. Seiberling led a House subcommittee on public lands and national parks that preserved 129 million acres, including areas in Alaska and the area in northeastern Ohio that eventually became Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

In 1974, Mr. Seiberling was a member of the House Judiciary Committee as it led the impeachment hearings against Mr. Nixon, who resigned before a vote was taken.

After retiring from Congress in 1987, Mr. Seiberling taught at the University of Akron School of Law and directed the university's Center for Peace Studies.


Juvenile court judge

David Niehaus, a Butler County, Ohio, juvenile court judge who made headlines for sending a father to jail over his daughter's failure to get her GED diploma, died last week of an apparent heart attack, court officials said.

In May, Mr. Niehaus sentenced a man to 180 days in jail for not ensuring that his 18-year-old daughter, who had a history of truancy, got her high school equivalency diploma. The judge later ordered the man released when the teen agreed to finish her required work.

Mr. Niehaus was a judge for 27 years. He became the county's first Juvenile Court judge 21 years ago.

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