Vincent J. Fuller, 75, the star Washington attorney who defended would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley, died of lung cancer Wednesday at a hospice in Montgomery County.
But he was best known for his successful insanity defense of Hinckley, who shot President Reagan, press secretary James Brady and two law enforcers outside a Washington hotel on March 30, 1981.
Mr. Fuller, retained within hours of the shooting, centered his defense on Hinckley's mental state, maintaining he was delusional and obsessed with the actress Jodie Foster.
In his closing argument, Mr. Fuller told the jury, "In his own mind, the defendant had two compelling reasons to do what he did: to terminate his own existence and to accomplish his ideal union with Jodie Foster, whether in this world or the next. I submit these are the acts of a totally irrational individual."
Charles E. Brady Jr., 54, a former space shuttle astronaut and amateur radio enthusiast, died July 23 at his home in Oak Harbor, Wash., the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has reported.
A cause of death was not given, but an obituary published on the Web site of the American Radio Relay League said Mr. Brady, a former flight surgeon and captain in the Navy, had died after a lengthy illness.
Selected by NASA as an astronaut in 1992, he flew aboard the shuttle Columbia in 1996 on a 16-day science mission. During that flight, he was one of the first operators of the Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment, or Sarex, which allowed astronauts to talk with ham radio operators around the world.
Rupert Pole, 87, husband of Anais Nin and guardian of the diarist's erotic literary legacy detailing her simultaneous marriages to men on different coasts, died July 15 after a stroke in Los Angeles.
After Ms. Nin's death in 1977, Mr. Pole oversaw the publication of four uncensored volumes of her journals detailing affairs with such men as novelist Henry Miller, psychoanalyst Otto Rank and her own father, Spanish composer Joaquin Nin. Much of the erotic material as well as many of the references to her two husbands were purged from seven previously published volumes, which had established Ms. Nin as a feminist hero in the women's movement.