As Friday marked the well-publicized deaths of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and rapper DMX, another prominent figure passed away with little notice. Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, the last surviving member of the Lyndon B. Johnson administration, died April 9 at the age of 93.
Clark, the son of a fellow Attorney General and Supreme Court Justice (Tom C. Clark), became a noted defender of free speech and civil liberties, particularly after leaving government. His principled value for the rights of the accused guided him to provide a zealous defense for such notorious clients as Charles Taylor, Slobodan Milosevic, and Saddam Hussein.
The New York Times quotes Clark:
“There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals.”
As of Sunday morning, no cause of death has been provided for Clark.