article When the funeral for Samuel Morsee, a prominent lawyer who died at age 82 on Wednesday, was scheduled to be held in Berkeley on Thursday, it was put on hold.
Berkeley Mayor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, has said Morse was a “genius” who had “brought a whole lot of people together.”
“The funeral is going to be a very private event, and I would hope that everybody can attend, but I’m just not sure of the timeline for it,” Newsom said.
The Herald obituary for Morse said he was a member of the Berkeley Law School faculty, a member in the city attorney’s office, and a member on the Berkeley Police Department’s special investigations division.
“Samuel Morse loved the Berkeley community, and the Berkeley city government,” the obit said.
“His passing was deeply felt by the community and our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Morne, a Berkeley native, was a longtime lawyer for the city of Berkeley, and he was appointed to the city’s Superior Court in 1997.
He had worked on civil rights cases, including the landmark Brown v.
Board of Education, and was the city solicitor for Berkeley’s police department.
In the past decade, Morse had served on the state Supreme Court as a judge, a state appellate court and as a state judge on the U-District Court.
He also had represented California and federal law enforcement in litigation and prosecuted some of the most prominent cases in the nation, including against the U2 spy plane and the bombing of a World War II bunker at the B-52 base at Edwards Air Force Base in San Antonio.
A funeral service for Morsee is scheduled for 10 a.m.
Friday at the West Oakland Baptist Church in Oakland.
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