Detroit Free Press: Federal judge, civil rights icon Damon Keith dies at age 96 by Cassandra Spratling & David Ashenfelter
He was first nominated to the U.S. District Court in 1967 by President Lyndon Johnson to fill a seat vacated by Thomas Thornton. He served as chief judge from 1975 to 1977, and was nominated to the US. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by President Jimmy Carter in 1977 to fill a seat held by Wade McCree.
United States v. United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 1971: Ruled that President Richard Nixon and U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell didn’t have the right to wiretap in domestic security cases without a court order.