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