Michi­gan’s first black fe­male fed­eral judge dies at age 84

South Florida Times - - OBITUARIES -

DE­TROIT — Michi­gan’s first black fe­male fed­eral judge, Anna Diggs Tay­lor, has died at age 84.

Tay­lor’s death was an­nounced Mon­day at the De­troit fed­eral court­house. She died Satur­day at an as­sisted liv­ing cen­ter in Grosse Pointe Woods fol­low­ing a brief ill­ness.

Tay­lor was ap­pointed to the fed­eral bench in 1979 by Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter. She was chief judge in Michi­gan’s East­ern District in 1997 and 1998. She re­tired in 2011.

In 2006, Tay­lor made head­lines when she said an eavesdropping pro­gram with­out court over­sight by the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion was un­con­sti­tu­tional. An ap­peals court over­turned the de­ci­sion, say­ing the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union didn’t have stand­ing to sue.

Tay­lor is sur­vived by her hus­band, for­mer util­ity ex­ec­u­tive S. Martin Tay­lor. In 2005, Crain’s De­troit Busi­ness listed them as a De­troit power cou­ple.

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U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Tay­lor of De­troit

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