Summary: veteran assistant district attorney who came under enormous criticism when he did not win a death penalty verdict against former supervisor Dan White for the 1978 assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, who prosecuted almost 400 murder cases before juries in his 37-year career in the DA's office until his retirement in 1997, but it was the 1979 trial of White for the murders of the mayor and the city's first openly gay supervisor that made him known to thousands of San Franciscans.
Cause of Death: Lengthy illness
Born: February 28, 1930
Died: July 1, 2009
Location: San Francisco, Californ