Filemon Vela

 

 

Age: 68

 

Summary: U.S. district judge who was appointed to the federal bench by President Jimmy Carter in 1980 and presided over many high-profile cases, including the first lawsuit involving accidents caused by defective Firestone tires and a drug money-laundering case involving some of the nation's largest banks.

 

 

Cause of Death: Stomach cancer

 

Born: May 1, 1935

 

Died: April 13, 2004

 

Location: Harlingen, Texas