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Noted civil rights attorney Doar dies at 92

Meredith, the first African-American student to attend Ole Miss is escorted to class by U.S. Marshals.

Meredith, the first African-American student to attend Ole Miss is escorted to class by U.S. Marshals.

WASHINGTON — John Doar, a top Justice Department civil rights lawyer in the 1960s who fought to protect voting rights in the South, has died at age 92.

His son, Burke Doar, says Doar died today in New York of heart failure.

Doar was a Justice Department civil rights lawyer from 1960 to 1967, serving for a period as division chief.

He escorted James Meredith onto the campus of the University of Mississippi and was lead prosecutor in the federal trial arising from the deaths of three civil rights workers in Mississippi.

He also served as special counsel as the House of Representatives investigated the Watergate scandal.

In 2012, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. President Barack Obama called him the “face of the Justice Department in the South.”

 

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