Death of US Dist. Court Judge Charles R. Weiner (D-PA)
- View SourceJudge Weiner died on 11/9/2005 in Doylestown,PA.
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
Weiner, who was active in Democratic politics, met "every president
from FDR through the first Bush, except Jimmy Carter," said his son,
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
After World War II, he returned to Penn and earned a bachelor's
degree. He got his law degree from Temple University while attending
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.