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US: Antitrust Lawyer dies at 88

 |  October 9, 2016

Roslyn Litman, a tenacious civil liberties advocate whose groundbreaking court victories included the removal of a holiday Nativity display from a public courthouse and an antitrust judgment against professional basketball for blackballing a player, died on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. She was 88.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, said her son, Harry, a former deputy assistant United States attorney general and federal prosecutor in western Pennsylvania.

Ms. Litman, a Brooklyn-born transplant to Pennsylvania, joined the American Civil Liberties Union while she was still in law school, served for three decades on its national board and pursued cases that other litigators had given up as lost causes.

“Roz had a remarkable ability to issue-spot — to identify injustice and develop novel legal theories that bring about systemic change in very entrenched institutions,” Anthony D. Romero, the A.C.L.U.’s executive director, said in an interview. “If she had been a man in the same generation, she would be more of a household name, like an Atticus Finch.”

Full Content: NY Times

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