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Joseph Forest, R.I.P.

The Marin Independent Journal reports: In 1965, Joseph Forest, then a Novato resident, was among 40 Northern California lawyers who traveled to Mississippi to take depositions from blacks who said they had been denied the right to vote.

Some of the lawyers had their windshields shattered and their tires slashed. "We really felt that, in a sense, we were at war with the white community down there," Mr. Forest told reporters when he returned.

Mr. Forest, once a prominent Marin county lawyer and Democratic Party activist, died Oct. 14 at 74 after a brief battle with the neuromuscular disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. -- Marin Independent Journal - Joseph Forest, 1932-2006: Lawyer fought for civil rights, shaped land use in Marin

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