John T. Noonan Jr., a federal judge and polymath who defied ideological pigeonholing on profound issues like assisted suicide, the death penalty, civil liberties and illegal immigration, died Monday in Berkeley, Calif. He was 90.
The cause was heart failure, his daughter Susanna Howard said.
John Thomas Noonan Jr. was born Oct. 24, 1926, in Boston. His father was a lawyer. […]