Judge who imprisoned Pete Rose dies in Ohio at 94

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Posted: Jan 02, 2015 9:43 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A longtime federal judge in Ohio known for his support of civil rights and for sending baseball star Pete Rose to prison has died. S. Arthur Spiegel (SPEE'-guhl) was 94.

His judicial assistant for his 34 years on the federal bench confirms that Spiegel died Wednesday in Cincinnati. Other details weren't available immediately.

Spiegel was appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980 and took senior status in 1995. He earned degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Harvard and served as a Marine in the Pacific campaign during World War II.

Spiegel ordered Rose to prison for tax evasion in 1990, and he rejected an anti-gay rights initiative in Cincinnati.

He is survived by his wife and four sons.