Federal judge found dead in western Pa. home


PITTSBURGH (AP) — A medical examiner’s office official says a western Pennsylvania federal judge was found dead in his home of apparent natural causes.

A spokesman for the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said 63-year-old Chief Judge Gary L. Lancaster of the U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh was pronounced dead at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday.

He said there had been no official ruling on the cause and manner of death, but there were no suspicious circumstances and it appeared to be natural causes.

Lancaster was born in Brownsville and educated at Slippery Rock college and the University of Pittsburgh law school. He was appointed to the federal bench by President Clinton and took the oath of office in 1993, assuming the post of chief judge in 2004.

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