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Tuesday, May 23, 2006 

Judge Becker's Funeral

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edward Becker's funeral was yesterday. There was quite a group in attendance...
His funeral drew three U.S. Supreme Court justices - Samuel A. Alito Jr., David H. Souter and Antonin Scalia - along with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R., Pa.), Gov. Rendell, and row after row of judges from the federal courthouse, where Becker was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for 25 years.
Justice Alito in particular had some nice remarks...
...as Alito put it, the law was a "labor of love" for Becker, who died of prostate cancer Friday at the age of 73.

"I can't tell you how much he helped me, particularly during the last few months of his life," said Alito, who was a Third Circuit judge before he was named to the U.S. Supreme Court in November.
Judge Becker was a strong supporter of then-Judge Alito during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings. He gave forceful testimony concerning the weak Vanguard conflict of interest issue that many of the Senate Democrats kept harping on endlessly.

It also looks like Judge Becker will get part of a street named after him...
Becker also worked to brush back what many viewed as excessive security measures near Independence Hall after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. And for his effort, the stretch of Chestnut Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets will now be named Edward R. Becker Way.
He was an excellent judge and will definitely be missed.

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