June 27, 2006
by David Fuller
Columbus -- Ninety-six-year-old former U.S. District Court Judge J. Robert Elliott, who often presided over cases in Albany, died this morning in Columbus.
He was appointed in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. He retired from the Federal bench in 2000.
In 1974, Elliott granted a motion from Army Lt. William Calley for his release from confinement. Calley had been sentenced in 1971 for his role in the massacre of civilians at My Lai, Vietnam.
In addition to his career as a judge, Elliott served four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives, interrupting his service to join the Navy during World War II.
He was in private practice in Columbus before his appointment to the federal court.
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