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Death of US Dist. Court Judge Charles R. Weiner (D-PA)

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  • D.J. Jones
    Judge Weiner died on 11/9/2005 in Doylestown,PA. ==================================== Charles R. Weiner PHILADELPHIA - Charles R. Weiner, a federal judge asked
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      Judge Weiner died on 11/9/2005 in Doylestown,PA.
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      Charles R. Weiner

      PHILADELPHIA - Charles R. Weiner, a federal judge asked to devise a
      settlement plan for tens of thousands of asbestos lawsuits, has
      died. He was 83.

      Weiner, of Wynnewood, died of kidney failure Wednesday at Doylestown
      Hospital, his family said.

      At the request of then-Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Weiner
      came up with a plan to address the backup of more than 100,000
      asbestos lawsuits in the courts.

      The 1993 settlement called for 20 top producers of asbestos-related
      products to pay a total of $1.3 billion over 10 years to asbestos
      victims. However, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the plan in 1997,
      and the issue remains unresolved.

      Despite the high court's rejection of his plan, Rehnquist said that
      Weiner's "record of achievement demonstrates ... high standards as a
      public servant - a record matched by few."

      Weiner also oversaw implementation of the Regional Rail
      Reorganization Act of 1973, creating Conrail from the former freight
      railroads.

      Weiner, who was active in Democratic politics, met "every president
      from FDR through the first Bush, except Jimmy Carter," said his son,
      William.

      Weiner became a Philadelphia prosecutor in 1951 and was elected to
      the state Senate the next year. In 1967, he was named to a lifetime
      appointment on the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia by President
      Lyndon B. Johnson.

      A 1939 Central High School graduate, Weiner interrupted his studies
      at the University of Pennsylvania to enlist in the Navy in 1942.
      Before being discharged in 1945, he was awarded the Purple Heart and
      Bronze Star.

      After World War II, he returned to Penn and earned a bachelor's
      degree. He got his law degree from Temple University while attending
      night school.

      While serving as a judge, he earned a master's degree and a
      doctorate, both in political science, from Penn. He also taught at
      Penn and Temple.

      William Weiner said his father wanted no funeral because he believed
      that "whatever he had accomplished in life should speak for itself."

      Besides his son, Weiner is survived by his wife, Edna; another son,
      Harvey; a daughter, Carole; two grandchildren; and three brothers.

      Services and Interment will be private.
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