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Nancy Paterson; wrote war crimes indictment against ex-Yugoslav leader Milosevic

Milosevic died suddenly in March 2006, just months before an expected verdict.

"Unfortunately the process was not completed," said Louise Arbour, who oversaw the preparation of the Milosevic indictment as the tribunal's chief prosecutor during the 1990s. "But the fact that we had managed to bring the case this far -- the key is whether the people of all the former Yugoslavia will in time come to see that as justice having been done for them. And this will take time."

Nancy Lou Paterson was born April 25, 1953, in Binghamton, N.Y., and grew up playing multiple sports, including baseball on a boys' Little League team. She graduated in 1975 from Miami University in Ohio and received a law degree from Syracuse University in 1983.

Early in her career, she specialized in prosecuting sex crimes and child abuse cases under Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.

In 1994, she volunteered for the United Nations Commission of Experts and spent a month investigating allegations of violent sex crimes during the war in the former Yugoslavia. She and her legal team conducted hundreds of interviews with victims. Their compelling stories provided the evidence necessary to establish the International Criminal Tribunal that eventually tried Milosevic and indicted more than 160 others.

After returning the United States in 2001, Ms. Paterson settled in Bethesda. She worked for the World Bank investigating fraud and corruption in development projects and later for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, where she oversaw investigations of white-collar banking crime.

Survivors include her mother, Nancy A. Paterson of Binghamton; and a sister, Sally Reutlinger of Auburn, N.Y.


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