Mary Lee Leahy



Age: 72


Summary: Springfield, Illinois attorney who triggered a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Illinois political patronage as she took the case Rutan v. Illinois Republican Party to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1990, in which the court ruled that governments generally can't make hiring decisions on the basis of politics.



Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer


Born: April 28, 1940


Died: December 11, 2012


Location: Chicago, Illinois