Garrison III, who defended President Richard Nixon in
impeachment hearings in 1974 and later became a gay
rights activist, died Sunday in Roanoke, Va. He
after a long battle with leukemia, said Mark Harris, his
partner of 17 years.
as the deputy minority counsel for the House Judiciary
Committee and later also was the chief Republican counsel.
Watergate, Garrison returned to Roanoke to practice law. He
was disbarred and served four months in prison for
embezzling $46,000 from a bankruptcy account in 1980.
The Virginia Supreme Court reinstated his law license
native was not only a major force in the LGBT movement
but also advocated for all civil rights, Harris said.
bachelor's and law degrees from the University of
Virginia and was the chief assistant commonwealth's attorney
in Roanoke from 1966 to 1969. He was elected as the
city's top prosecutor in 1970. (AP)