October 31, 1990
A funeral service for former U.S. Atty. Gen. William French Smith, who died Monday at the Kenneth Norris Jr. Cancer Hospital at County-USC Medical Center, will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Community Church of San Marino. Smith, a UCLA and Harvard Law School graduate and a senior partner of the Gibson Dunn & Crutcher law firm, was 73. He was a longtime supporter of former President Ronald Reagan, who named him attorney general in 1981.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1990 |
William French Smith, Ronald Reagan's personal lawyer and a key adviser who placed his conservative stamp on federal policy during his term as U.S. attorney general, died Monday in Los Angeles. Smith, 73, died with his family at his bedside at the Kenneth Norris Jr. Cancer Center at County-USC Medical Center, where he had been admitted Oct. 2, a hospital spokeswoman said.
May 13, 1988 |
Early in the Reagan Administration, then-Atty. Gen. William French Smith was blocked from fully considering legal implications of covert foreign policy operations, the Justice Department's former counsel for intelligence policy disclosed Thursday. The result, Richard K. Willard said, was a "seriously flawed" process that excluded "adequate legal advice." And he added: "The ultimate result was the Iran-Contra affair."
March 10, 1987 |
The independent counsel law has a "cruel and devastating" impact on individuals, falsely destroying their reputations and costing them great sums of money, and is "used more for political purposes and media appetite than to achieve justice," President Reagan's first attorney general asserted Monday in an uncharacteristically strong attack. The blunt criticism by former Atty. Gen. William French Smith was sent to a Senate subcommittee considering changes in the law as U.S.
August 23, 1985 |
It's a little overdue, this "Welcome Home" party for former Atty. Gen. William French Smith and his wife Jean who left Washington late in February to settle back home in Pasadena. Bill Smith eased himself into his old office at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Jean resumed her local charitable affairs (and gave up just a few of her Washington commitments). And together they've slipped easily into the social rounds they were part of before he became President Reagan's attorney general.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1985
Every American who is fed up with the intolerable amount of crime that has been eating away at our basic freedoms should applaud the confirmation of Edwin Meese III as our U.S. attorney general. Meese is indeed eminently qualified to wage a winnable war against violent crime. His credentials for coordinating a national effort to reduce our society's fear of criminals, by decreasing the reality of criminal activity, are unassailable. Those credentials were compiled from experiences as an effective law enforcement practitioner, an influential professor of law, and a capable administrator in government at state as well as national levels.