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Throughout history, there have been many judges who have made significant contribution to the field of jurisprudence. The list includes many familiar and great judges such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Thurgood Marshall, Antonin Scalia and Earl Warren.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg
(Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1993 - 2020))
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Birthdate: March 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 18, 2020

The first Jewish woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. An advocate for gender equality and women's rights, she spent the majority of her legal career championing these causes. She remained professionally active until her death in 2020.

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Antonin Scalia
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1986 - 2016))
Antonin Scalia
4
Birthdate: March 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 13, 2016

Scalia played an important role as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court for 30 years. Not only was he regarded as one of the most important justices in the history of the court, but he was also considered one of the most influential jurists of the 20th century. He was posthumously honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Neil Gorsuch
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
Neil Gorsuch
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Birthdate: August 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
The Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch earlier served as the Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was also in private practice. He is an adherent of originalism in constitutional interpretation and textualism in statutory interpretation. His landmark judgements include upholding the LGBTQ rights and favouring the Yakama Nation.
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Jeanine Pirro
(American Conservative Television Host and A Former New York State Judge)
Jeanine Pirro
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Birthdate: June 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elmira, New York, United States

Jeanine Pirro is an American TV host and author. Over the years, she has made important contributions to The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, a syndicated morning talk show. As a former prosecutor and New York State judge, Jeanine Pirro played an important role in several cases involving crimes against the elderly and domestic abuse.

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Thurgood Marshall
(Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1967 - 1991))
Thurgood Marshall
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Birthdate: July 2, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: January 24, 1993

The first African-American member of the US Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall was an associate justice from 1967 to 1991. Earlier as an attorney, he fought for the abolishment of racial segregation in American public schools. He was also a strong proponent of individual rights. A symbol of black icon, there are numerous memorials in America to honour his legacy.

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Sonia Sotomayor
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States )
Sonia Sotomayor
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Birthdate: June 5, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States

Sonia Sotomayor, the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of America, entered the record books when in August 2009 she became the first Hispanic and the fourth woman to be appointed to the court. She’s a strong defendant of the rights of accused and has raised her voice against misdemeanors by the police and the prosecutors, and abuses in prisons.

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Sandra Day O’Connor
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1981-2006))
Sandra Day O’Connor
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Birthdate: March 26, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States

Sandra Day O’Connor is a retired attorney who became the first woman to serve as the associate justice of the Supreme Court of the US when she took office in 1981. While serving as the associate justice, O’Connor was considered one of the most powerful women in the world. In 2009, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Stephen Breyer
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
Stephen Breyer
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Birthdate: August 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

Stephen Breyer is an American lawyer, legal scholar, and jurist. Since August 1994, Breyer has been serving as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court after being nominated by President Bill Clinton in May 1994. He is also credited with writing several influential textbooks while working as a lecturer and law professor at Harvard Law School in the 1960s. 

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Judith Sheindlin
(TV personality)
Judith Sheindlin
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Birthdate: October 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Judith Sheindlin is a prosecution lawyer, television personality, and author. Since 1996, she has been presiding over her own arbitration reality court show Judge Judy, which has won four Daytime Emmy Awards. The longest-serving judge in the history of the courtroom-themed program, Judith Sheindlin was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for her work.

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Elena Kagan
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
Elena Kagan
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Birthdate: April 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

The fourth woman to become part of the Supreme Court of the United States as its member, Elena Kagan was nominated by Barack Obama in 2010 to serve as an Associate Justice of the Court. She played a major role in the Cooper v. Harris case by writing the majority opinion of the case.

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Anthony Kennedy
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
Anthony Kennedy
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Birthdate: July 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
Anthony Kennedy has served as the judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1975 to 1988 and as the associate justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S. from 1988 to 2018. Kennedy has been associated with Boumediene v. Bush and various gay rights cases.
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Max Weber
(Sociologist)
Max Weber
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Birthdate: April 21, 1864
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Erfurt, Germany
Died: June 14, 1920

Max Weber was a German historian, political economist, jurist, and sociologist. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and important theorists, Weber's ideas had a profound influence on social research and social theory. Although he did not see himself as a sociologist, Weber is often counted among the fathers of sociology alongside Émile Durkheim, Auguste Comte, and Karl Marx.

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Samuel Alito
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
Samuel Alito
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Birthdate: April 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States

The current associate justice of the Supreme Court of the US, Samuel Alito is only the second Italian American to serve on the court. Samuel Alito's journey from being an adjunct professor to one of the most powerful men in the American justice system is quite inspirational.

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William Rehnquist
(Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
William Rehnquist
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Birthdate: October 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: September 3, 2005
William Rehnquist had a 33-year career at the U.S. Supreme Court: as an associate justice for 14 years and as a chief justice for 19 years. He had served under Nixon and Ronald Reagan. He presided over Bill Clinton’s impeachment and was associated with cases such as Roe v. Wade.
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Lance Ito
(Judge best known for presiding over the criminal trial for the O. J. Simpson murder case)
Lance Ito
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Birthdate: August 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Giuseppe Conte
(Politician)
Giuseppe Conte
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Birthdate: August 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Volturara Appula, Apulia, Italy

Former Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte is a qualified lawyer and teaches law at various universities. He was one of the few Italian prime ministers to have held office without any previous political experience. He was also the first Western leader to impose a national lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Samson
(Judge)
Samson
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Birthplace: Zorah

Mentioned in the biblical Book of Judges, Samson was an Israelite warrior, known for his long hair, which was the reason behind his superhuman strength. He had killed a lion with his bare hands but was eventually betrayed by his lover, Delilah, who cut his hair while he slept.

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Marilyn Milian
(Judge, TV personality)
Marilyn Milian
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Birthdate: May 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Astoria, New York, United States
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Miriam Defensor Santiago
(Judge, Journalist, Lawyer)
Miriam Defensor Santiago
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Birthdate: June 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Iloilo City
Died: September 29, 2016
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William O. Douglas
(Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
William O. Douglas
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Birthdate: October 16, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maine Township, Minnesota, United States
Died: January 19, 1980
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David Souter
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1990-2009))
David Souter
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Birthdate: September 17, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Melrose, Massachusetts, United States

David Souter was the associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1990 to 2009. He has also been a prosecutor, the attorney general of New Hampshire, and the associate justice of both the Superior Court and Supreme Court of New Hampshire. He now judges at the circuit court level.

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Jerry Sheindlin
(Judge, TV Personality)
Jerry Sheindlin
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Birthdate: November 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, USA
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Lynn Compton
(Lead Prosecutor in Sirhan Sirhan’s Trial for the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy)
Lynn Compton
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Birthdate: December 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: February 25, 2012
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Carrie Lam
(Politician)
Carrie Lam
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Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wan Chai, Hong Kong, England

Carrie Lam is a Hong Kong politician who has been serving as the Chief Executive of Hong Kong since 2017. From 2007 to 2012, she served as the Secretary for Development. From 2012 to 2017, Lam was the Chief Secretary for Administration. A controversial leader, Carrie Lam's administration witnessed the criminalization of the Hong Kong National Party.

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David Frum
(Journalist)
David Frum
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Birthdate: June 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Gideon
(Military Leader of The Israelites Who Won an Important Battle Against The Midianites)
Gideon
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Birthplace: Unknown

Gideon was a military leader, prophet, and judge whose victory over the Midianites are described in the Hebrew Bible. Like the 300 Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae, Gideon's army of 300 valiant men is well-known for achieving a decisive victory over the Midianites despite a vast numerical disadvantage. 

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Louis Brandeis
(Former Lawyer & US Supreme Court Associate Justice)
Louis Brandeis
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Birthdate: November 13, 1856
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: October 5, 1941
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Roy Bean
(Justice of the Peace & Saloon-keeper)
Roy Bean
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Birthdate: 1825 AD
Birthplace: Mason County, Kentucky, United States
Died: March 19, 1903
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Harry A. Blackmun
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Birthdate: November 12, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nashville, Illinois Nashville, Illinois, United States U.S.
Died: March 4, 1999
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Lynn Toler
(Judge)
Lynn Toler
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Birthdate: October 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
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Salmon P. Chase
(Sixth Chief Justice of the United States)
Salmon P. Chase
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Birthdate: January 13, 1808
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: sixth Chief Justice of the United States
Died: May 7, 1873
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Cass Sunstein
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Birthdate: September 21, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, United States
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Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
(Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court)
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
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Birthdate: March 8, 1841
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 6, 1935
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Joseph Wapner
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Birthdate: November 15, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: February 26, 2017
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Hugo Black
(Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
Hugo Black
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Birthdate: February 27, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ashland, Alabama, United States
Died: September 25, 1971
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Alan Page
(Jurist)
Alan Page
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Birthdate: August 7, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, USA
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Giovanni Falcone
(Magistrate, Judge, Lawyer)
Giovanni Falcone
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Birthdate: May 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Palermo
Died: May 23, 1992

Giovanni Falcone was an Italian judge, who spent several years of his professional life trying to overthrow the power of the Sicilian Mafia. He studied law at the University of Palermo and had a brilliant career. He eventually became a prosecuting magistrate and was involved in a long legal battle with the Sicilian Mafia. He was assassinated in 1992. 

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Felix Frankfurter
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Birthdate: November 15, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria-Hungary small (now Austria)
Died: February 22, 1965
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Greg Mathis
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Birthdate: April 5, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
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Simone Veil
(Member of the Constitutional Council 1998 - 2007)
Simone Veil
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Birthdate: July 13, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: June 30, 2017

A Holocaust survivor, Simone Veil had lost her father, mother, and brother to Nazi concentration camps. She grew up to be a magistrate and became the first woman president of the European Parliament. She had also been an able health minister and rallied for abortion rights of French women.

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Louis J. Freeh
(Former Judge and 5th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1993 - 2001))
Louis J. Freeh
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Birthdate: January 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

Louis Freeh is an American attorney. From 1991 to 1993, he served as the judge of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. He started his career as an FBI agent and went on to serve as the director of the FBI from 1993 to 2001. He currently works as a consultant in the private sector.

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Greg Abbott
(Politician, Lawyer)
Greg Abbott
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Birthdate: November 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wichita Falls, Texas, United States
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Potter Stewart
(Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
Potter Stewart
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Birthdate: January 23, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jackson
Died: December 7, 1985
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Cesare Beccaria
(One of the Greatest Thinkers of the Age of Enlightenment Known for His Treatise 'On Crimes and Punishments')
Cesare Beccaria
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Birthdate: March 15, 1738
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: November 28, 1794

Cesare Beccaria was an 18th-century Italian criminologist, philosopher, jurist, and politician. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest thinkers of the Age of Enlightenment. He is still remembered for his treatise On Crimes and Punishments (1764), a pioneering work in the field of penology. He is considered the father of modern criminal law. 

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Amy Coney Barrett
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
Amy Coney Barrett
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Birthdate: January 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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Brett Kavanaugh
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
Brett Kavanaugh
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Birthdate: February 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Brett Kavanaugh started serving as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US after being nominated by Donald Trump in 2018. Interestingly, Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually abusing her in the 1980s. Three other women also claimed that they were sexually assaulted by Brett, with one woman recanting her accusation later. Brett has denied all the accusations.

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Jephthah
(Judge)
Jephthah
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Birthplace: Israel
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Kenesaw Mountain Landis
(American Jurist and 1st Commissioner of Baseball (1920 - 1944))
Kenesaw Mountain Landis
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Birthdate: November 20, 1866
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Millville, Ohio, United States
Died: November 25, 1944

The son of a Union soldier, Kenesaw Mountain Landis was successful US federal judge. He was also the first Commissioner of Baseball and is remembered for his role in the Black Sox scandal, in which he removed eight Chicago White Sox players for deliberately losing the 1919 World Series.

William Hedgcock Webster
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Birthdate: March 6, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
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Roh Moo-hyun
(Judge, Politician, Lawyer)
Roh Moo-hyun
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Birthdate: September 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gimhae
Died: May 23, 2009
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