MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - U.S. District Judge Ira DeMent has died at the age of 80. Family members of the judge tell WSFA 12 News that DeMent died of an extended illness.
DeMent was first appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush in 1991. He went into senior status also known as semi-retirement in 2002. DeMent had also served as the U.S. Attorney for the middle district of Alabama for 8 years and later served as a special counsel for 3 governors.
DeMent is known for setting policy on prayer in schools and for helping to reform Alabama's prison and mental health systems.
DeMent's son Charles said he died after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.
Funeral arrangements have been set for Wednesday, July 20th at 1:00 p.m. at the Graveside in Greenwood Cemetery. There will be an hour long visitation prior at Leak Memory Chapel prior to memorial services at noon.