Vincent Hallinan, the fiery progressive attorney who...


Vincent Hallinan, the fiery progressive attorney who defende longshore labor leader Harry Bridges at the height of the McCarthy era, died Friday. He was 95.

Mr. Hallinan, considered one of the nation's top trial lawyers, was credited with helping introduce the practice of making long opening arguments to the jury and reforming San Francisco's grand jury selection process.

His most celebrated case came in 1952 when he defended Bridges, who was charged with lying about membership in the Communist Party. Bridges was convicted by a federal court, but his case was eventually reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Haldore Hanson, a former war correspondent for the Associated Press who was hounded out of government service during the McCarthy anti-Communist era, died Sept. 24. He was 80.

Mr. Hanson died in the Mexico City suburb of Texcoco. He lived in San Nicolas, Mexico, and Arcola, Va.

Mr. Hanson served with the AP in China from 1934 to 1939. He was arrested and briefly detained by the Japanese as a suspected spy in September 1937.

His story of the China war, "Humane Endeavour," was published in 1939 after his return to the United States.

Mr. Hanson entered the State Department in 1942, working on economic aid programs for developing nations.

In 1950, during Joseph McCarthy's anti-Communist campaign, Mr. Hanson was attacked for his writings on China, some of which were sympathetic to Mao Tse-tung's forces.

Although Mr. Hanson was cleared of all charges by the government's Civil Service Review Board, he was forced in September 1953 from his post as second-in-command at the Asian Development Service, a branch of the State Department's Foreign Operations Administration.

T. William Samuels Sr., a sixth-generation distiller who founded Maker's Mark Distillery Inc., died of lung cancer Friday in Louisville. He was 82.

Mr. Samuels, also former president of Maker's Mark, was credited with bringing high quality to bourbon.

Mr. Samuels, a Bardstown, Ky., native, started Maker's Mark in ++ 1953. It is the nation's smallest distillery and the only operating alcohol facility designated a National Historic Landmark.

Mr. Samuels passed the title of president to his son, Bill Samuels Jr., in 1975 but remained as chairman and chief executive officer. He retired from actively running the company in 1981, when the Maker's Mark brand was bought by Hiram Walker & Sons of Canada.

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