Ex N.O. judge Schwartz dies at 90

Charles Schwartz Jr., who served on the federal bench for the Eastern District of New Orleans for 25 years, died Nov. 3. He was 90 years old.

Schwarz was appointed to the federal bench by President Gerald Ford and served until his retirement in 2001.

During his tenure, he presided over many notable cases including those involving conspiracy and racketeering in connection with sewer construction contracts for Jefferson Parish, prosecution of elected officials for voter fraud and corruption, U.S. v. State of Louisiana dealing with disparity in higher education in Louisiana and Chisom v. Edwards, which challenged the method of electing justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court from the New Orleans area.

In 1991, Chief Justice William Rehnquist appointed Schwartz to the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw requests for surveillance warrants against suspected foreign intelligence agents inside the United States.

Schwartz, who was a native of New Orleans, graduated from Fortier High School and received his undergraduate and law degrees from Tulane University.

During World War II, he served in the Philippines as a second lieutenant and continued his military service in the Army Reserves until 1966, when he retired as a major.

Schwartz was in private practice from 1947 to 1976, first with the Guste, Barnett & Redmand firm. In 1969, he co-founded the firm Little Schwartz & Dussom.

He was married to the late Patricia May Schwartz of New York.

He is survived by his daughter Priscilla Schwartz Baird and her husband, Claiborne, of Metairie; his son John Schwartz and his wife, Julie, of Boston; and two grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.