Anna Diggs Taylor



Age: 84


Summary: the first black female federal judge of Michigan who was appointed to the federal bench in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter and was chief judge in Michigan's Eastern District in 1997 and 1998, but who made headlines in 2006 when she said an eavesdropping program without court oversight by the Bush administration was unconstitutional after an appeals court overturned the decision, saying the American Civil Liberties Union didn't have standing to sue.



Cause of Death: Undisclosed illness


Born: December 9, 1932


Died: November 4, 2017


Location: Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan