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Norma Holloway Johnson dies at 79; trailblazing former federal judge
Norma Holloway Johnson dies at 79; trailblazing former federal judge

Norma Holloway Johnson, a trailblazing former chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., who gained national prominence when she oversaw the grand jury investigation into President Clinton's relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky, has died. She was 79. Johnson died Sunday at her brother's home in Lake Charles, La., according to a court statement. The cause was not given. Johnson was the first black woman to be appointed to the federal bench in Washington and she is the only woman ever to serve as chief judge of the court. She was appointed by President Carter in 1980 and served as chief from 1997 to 2001. In 1998, during a grand jury investigation, Johnson...

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