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James Keane, 60, lawyer, assistant attorney general


James I. Keane, a lawyer and former assistant Maryland attorney general, died of complications from lung cancer Friday at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va. The former Dickeyville resident was 60.

Born in Cheverly, he earned a bachelor's degree in history at Marquette University in Milwaukee and received his legal education at the Georgetown University Law Center.

From 1968 to 1969, he was a law clerk for Judge J. Dudley Digges of the Maryland Court of Appeals. In 1972, he was appointed a Maryland assistant attorney general and worked on political corruption cases, including the bribery investigation of then-Vice President Spiro T. Agnew stemming from his years as Baltimore County executive.

"The magnitude of the data and the documents in that case were what led Jim to a litigation support career," said retired Prince George's County Circuit Judge Arthur M. Monty Ahalt. "He was a pioneer in creating the databases that became critical to successful political corruption investigations."

Mr. Keane became a legal consultant and worked with Aspen Systems Corp., Coopers & Lybrand and Arthur Young & Co. He then founded and was president of JKeane.Law.Pro in North Potomac, where he also lived.

Mr. Keane was the author of the 1992 book Litigation Support Systems, An Attorney's Guide and had been the chief legal officer for Justice Link Inc., a business that facilitates electronic filing of court documents by lawyers.

Services were held Tuesday.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, the former Cynthia Potesta; a daughter, Meghan Keane of North Potomac; two brothers, Martin Keane of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Kevin Keane of Japan; and three sisters, Kathy Keane of Rockville, Paula Lautzenheiser of Springfield, Va., and Claire Keane of Raven Gap, Ga.

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