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Judge found dead in his Prince George Courthouse office …Richmond Times-Dispatch › news › localJan 4, 2017 –

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Medical examiner: Judge found dead in his Prince George Courthouse office …

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Jan 4, 2017 – A veteran 6th Judicial Circuit Court judge found dead in his Prince George County Courthouse office on New Year’s Day committed suicide, the state medical examiner’s office has ruled. Judge Nathan Curtis Lee, 60, suffered a fatal gunshot wound in his mouth, the medical …

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Dallas judge given extra security after attorney’s death in suspicious fire | Dallas Morning News

Published: May 15, 2016 5:43 pm

Judge Eric V. Moyé
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The Dallas County sheriff’s office provided security over the weekend to a district judge after a Dallas lawyer died under suspicious circumstances.

Sheriff’s officers were patrolling at Eric V. Moyé’s home because he was presiding over a high-profile civil case that prompted concerns for his safety, sheriff’s spokeswoman Melinda Urbina said. Moyé does not preside over criminal cases.

Urbina said bailiffs also had been told to be on alert, but she did not say which case prompted the concerns and declined Monday to give details on what other protection the judge might need.

“For any security plans going forward, we are not commenting on that and keeping it confidential to ensure his safety.”

Dallas Fire-Rescue is investigating whether arson was involved in the death of Ira Edwin Tobolowsky, a 68-year-old civil lawyer whose body was found in his garage Friday morning.

Dallas Fire-Rescue officials have said the fire is “suspicious in nature” but have not determined arson was the cause.

Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said investigators talked to neighbors Monday as they canvassed the neighborhood. They also determined none of the neighbors had security camera footage.

The Dallas County medical examiner has not ruled on Tobolowsky’s cause of death.

WFAA-TV (Channel 8) reported that authorities found Tobolowsky’s body doused in fuel in the 7400 block of Kenshire Lane. Investigators are looking into whether any of his clients may have wanted revenge.

Moyé attended a memorial service for Tobolowsky on Sunday, according to a Facebook post in which Moyé referred to him as “a great member of the Bar.”

“Gone too soon Rest in Peace,” the post said. Members of Moyé’s re-election campaign said the judge warned officials of a possible connection between Tobolowsky’s death and litigation being handled by Moyé’s court.

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Bacon county judge shot Tuesday night

Published 04/06/2016 12:30 PM EDTUpdated 04/06/2016 12:35 PM EDAlma, Ga. (WJCL) — Bacon county judge Kenneth Futch was shot on Tuesday around 8:30 p.m.

Deputies with the Bacon County Sheriff’s Office responded to 216 Port’s End Lane, Alma, Georgia in reference to a report of a shooting. Deputies found Futch suffering from gunshot wounds. Futch was transported to the Bacon County Hospital and later flown to Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida where he is in stable condition.

This investigation is active and ongoing while agents and sheriff’s investigators pursue leads into the shooting of Futch.

Futch has served in the State Court of Bacon County since 2009. He has been practicing law at The Futch Law Firm since 1986. 

No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone who has information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact the Bacon County Sheriff’s Office at (912) 632-2658 or the GBI’s Douglas Regional Office at (912) 389-4103.

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Municipal Judge Diana Hampton of Henderson, Nevada, was found dead on Sunday. The ex-stripper was the first female municipal judge to ever be elected to the position in the Las Vegas suburb.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, emergency personnel found the body of 50-year-old Henderson Judge Diana Hampton during a welfare check at her home on Palazzo Reale Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Michelle French with the Henderson Police Department said there is currently no evidence of foul play.

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UPDATE February 25, 2016Antonin Scalia Was with Members of Secretive Society of Elite Hunters When He Died

This was no ordinary hunting trip.

When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead at a West Texas ranch on Feb. 13, he was on a getaway with high-ranking members of an elite hunting fraternity whose origins date back to 1695.

Even after the high-profile judge’s death, the names of the 35 other guests at the remote Cibolo Creek Ranch that weekend – some of them confirmed members of a secretive Austrian society called the International Order of St. Hubertus, according to a review of public records conducted by The Washington Post – remain largely unknown.

Members of the worldwide, male-only organization had gathered at the ranch at least once before, The Post reports. The hunters, some of whom hold titles like Grand Master, Prior and Knight Grand Officer, wear dark-green robes inscribed with a large cross and the motto “Deum Diligite Animalia Diligentes,” or “Honoring God by honoring His creatures,” according to the group’s website. The Order, named after Hubert, the patron saint of hunters and fishermen, was founded in 1695 in modern-day Czech Republic. It is a “true knightly order in the historical tradition,” according to its website.

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L.A. County judge killed while crossing the street in Pico-Robertson
February 17, 2016, 9:13 a.m.

A Los Angeles County judge who also was a recognized expert in communications law was killed Monday when he was struck by a vehicle while crossing a West L.A. street, police said.

The judge, identified as Daniel L. Brenner by a court spokeswoman, was walking across Beverwil Drive near Pico Boulevard about 6 p.m. when a driver heading north struck him, said Los Angeles police Officer Tony Im.

The driver remained at the scene and is not under a criminal investigation, Im said. Brenner was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was 64.

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Brenner was not using the crosswalk, LAPD Sgt. Benjamin Zucker said.

“He was a brilliant judge and lawyer and a beloved friend to many,” said Judge Carolyn Kuhl, the presiding judge of the L.A. County Superior Court. “His death is a terrible loss for his family and the court.”

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Brenner to the bench in 2012, and the jurist had most recently heard civil matters in the Chatsworth Courthouse, according to court spokeswoman Mary Hearn.

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Judge from 1980s desegregation case found dead in law office

Posted: Jan 18, 2016 6:57 AM PST

PINEVILLE, La. (AP) – A judge who made national headlines in the 1980s for defying a federal desegregation order has been found dead in his law office.

Pineville police say in a news release that the 83-year-old attorney, Richard “Dick” Lee, apparently died Friday from an accidental bullet wound, the Town Talk reported. Police say the investigation is continuing.

In 1980, Lee ruled that parents of three white girls could transfer their custody to friends so the girls could stay at an all-white school. Federal courts overruled him.

Lee said his “Buckeye Three” rulings were not about race, but about whether federal courts have any say over family law.

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February 13, 2013
Justice Scalia Was Found Dead With A Pillow Over His Head, And His Body …

(TRUNEWS) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died.

The San Antonio News-Express has reported the 79-year-old was found dead in his room at a West Texas resort.

Scalia was nominated in 1986 by President Ronald Regan and was known as one of the most conservative justices, and was known for interpreting the Constitution as he believed the Founding Fathers intended.

Now President Obama gets another nomination, the third of his presidency.
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Former Pineville judge dies after accidental gunshot wound

PINEVILLE, La. (PPD) – On January 15, 2016 at 8:29 a.m., the Pineville Police Department received a report of a deceased person at 810 Main Street, the law office of former Pineville Judge Richard Lee.

Officers found one person deceased at the scene, identified as Judge Lee.

It appears that Judge Lee was killed by a single accidentally discharged gunshot wound. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released as it becomes available.

The Pineville Police Department and the City of Pineville would like to express our heartfelt condolences to Judge Lee’s family during this tragic time.

Here’s what District Attorney Phillip Terrell had to say about this tragic news: “As a matter of fact, I was a law clerk in his office my first year out of law school. I’ve known Judge Lee all my life. I’m very saddened by it, it’s a terrible tragedy.”

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Cops After Suspect Who Slammed Judge’s Head Into A Tree On East 16th Street 5

NOVEMBER 19, 2015

Cops are searching for a man who slammed a judge’s head into a tree Monday near East 16th Street and Avenue R, ABC 7 reports.

The news channel identified the victim as 60-year-old Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Leon Ruchelsman.

According to police, the suspect shoved Ruchelsman off the sidewalk into a tree Monday afternoon. The judge suffered pain and redness in his left ear, but refused medical attention, cops say.

Ruchelsman told ABC 7 he was not robbed and did not consider the attack to be a bias crime. The motive is currently unknown.

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Nov 14, 2015 11:59 AM

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) – A possible bomb threat proved to be unfounded, but still managed to close the Hopewell Court House on Friday.

A citizen tipped off Hopewell Police around 8 a.m. of a possible explosive to be detonated at the Court House. The building was evacuated and closed while investigators searched.

Robert K. Sheffield, 30, of Hopewell was arrested and charged with ‘Threatening to Bomb a Public Building.”

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Police: Texas judge shot outside her home

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Judge Ralph ‘Ted’ Winkler injured in motorcycle crash</h3
The court’s magistrates will handle all new and most pending cases. Adoptions will not be delayed, he said. Some cases involving objections to a magistrate’s ruling, however, will be delayed.

A visiting judge is expected to be appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court. It’s not yet known when that will happen.

The crash occurred at about 6 p.m. on Harrison Avenue near Interstate 275 in Colerain Township. Winkler’s wife, Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Tracy Winkler, said a car pulled out in front of her husband, who was riding his newly restored 1973 Norton Commando. He was thrown from the motorcycle but was wearing a helmet.

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Cook County judges get death threats: ‘You’re on a kill list’

Chief Judge Timothy Evans

Todd Lighty, Chicago Tribune
November 3, 2015

At least five Cook County judges have recently received death threats in anonymous letters sent to their chambers, including one warning, “You’re on a kill list.”

The death threats caused alarm among some of the judges and prompted Chief Judge Timothy Evans to alert Sheriff Tom Dart, whose office handles courtroom security.

In a memo obtained by the Tribune, Evans wrote to the county’s judges Friday about the threats, noting he had contacted the sheriff and “requested that all deputy sheriffs be alerted to the situation and that he take any other action he deems necessary.”

Cara Smith, chief strategist for the sheriff, said Monday that no arrests have been made in connection with the threats.

“We have an open investigation and will run this out and ensure the safety of the judges,” Smith said. “Any threat to a member of the judiciary is of the utmost concern.”

The safety of judges and their families has taken on greater significance over the last decade after a crazed litigant broke into U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow’s Chicago home in 2005 and killed her husband and mother.

In his memo, Evans wrote that the threats were contained in envelopes that had the word “frank” where a postage stamp would go and that the return address contained the names and addresses of other judges.

Evans’ office on Monday was tight-lipped about the threats. Pat Milhizer, spokesman for the Circuit Court, said the chief judge’s office was taking the matter “very seriously.”

“Several letters of a suspicious nature were received,” Milhizer said. “Following protocol, we forwarded the matter to the Cook County sheriff’s police, which handles these types of judicial matters.”

Milhizer declined to comment beyond his brief statement.

Judge Thomas Mulroy said that he received a threatening letter and that he knew of two other judges who received them. Mulroy and those judges work in the Law Division’s commercial section in the Daley Center, handling business cases such as breach of contracts and unlawful firings.

Mulroy, who has been a judge for nearly nine years, said he turned his letter over to Evans’ office last week. He said it contained no clues about the sender’s identity and recalled the letter contained the chilling statement: “You’re on a kill list.” He said he had never been threatened before and the letter made him “uncomfortable.”

Two additional judges who handled mortgage fraud and foreclosure cases also received letters last Thursday.

A source familiar with one of the letters said it was undated, handwritten and contained repeated threats from unidentified groups of people.

“These groups are serious. They want revenge,” the letter stated. “They’ll kill you and your family.”

A number of judges said they often get letters from people ranting about the judicial system’s perceived flaws and unfairness. Rarely, they said, do they receive death threats. “It does not happen very often,” said one veteran judge. “It’s a big deal when we get them.”

November 3, 2015

Judicial group awaits police probe in death of judge’s son

An Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission official says the group will wait for police to conduct an investigation into the death of a Garland County Circuit Court judge’s son after the 18-month-old was left in a hot car.

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Judge Grants Texas Cop Immunity Over Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Black Man
Joanna Lucinda, Oct. 30, 2015

“It is one of the most horrendous moments in the history of civil rights in this country”

Manslaughter charges against a Texas cop who shot and killed an unarmed black man have been dropped by a federal judge, after he ruled that the police officer had federal immunity at the time because of his work with the FBI.

Charles Kleinert, a former Austin police detective who also worked for the FBI, killed 32-year-old Larry Jackson Jr. after shooting him in the neck following a chase in Texas on July 26, 2013. Kleinert was initially indicted on manslaughter charges by a Texas grand jury for the crime. However, on June 26, 2015, he filed a motion to dismiss the indictment.

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October 20, 2015

CAMDEN – U.S. District Judge Joseph Irenas, who served in Camden since 1992, has died after a fall.

Irenas, 75, was a “brilliant” and “hardworking” jurist who presided over his courtroom long after reaching retirement age, Chief Judge Jerome B. Simandle said Tuesday.

The Princeton resident died Friday at Cooper University Hospital, Camden. He’d been taken there with severe head trauma from a fall at the courthouse last Wednesday morning.

“It’s just a huge loss. It’s a catastrophe,” said Simandle, who noted Irenas continued to serve even as he battled kidney failure for the past 15 years.

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Allen Littlefield, Atlantic County Judge, Dies at 48 | New Jersey…

Oct 19, 2015 – Superior Court Judge Allen Littlefield, who was found dead in a Newark hotel room Oct. 14, …

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Supreme Court Justice Crooks, 77, dies in chamber

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– Sep 21, 2015 – Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks, 77, dies in chambers. By TODD RICHMOND …

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Shock, sorrow follow judge’s death

STOCKTON — The legal community reacted with shock and sorrow after learning of the sudden death Tuesday afternoon of longtime San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Franklin Stephenson.

The 54-year-old Stephenson, a judge since 2002 who recently was stationed in Manteca, died sometime after 3 p.m. Tuesday following an apparent heart attack while driving south on Highway 99 between Jack Tone and Austin roads, according to the California Highway Patrol.

“Franklin was really an outstanding judge and a very great friend,” Presiding Judge Lesley Holland said Wednesday. “He was intelligent, articulate and unfailingly cheerful no matter the circumstances. He was always willing to be a mentor to new judges, and he cared deeply about public safety and justice issues.”

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Bullets, burning object found at home of judge in Nevada threat case; few leads discovered

Published September 16, 2015
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CARSON CITY, Nev. –  Nevada detectives say they’re struggling to crack the case of a judge who has been targeted at his home with gunfire, a burning object and an ominous Christmas card.

Carson City sheriff’s Detective Sam Hatley said Wednesday there aren’t any promising leads about the threats to Carson City Justice of the Peace John Tatro.

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August 21, 2015 AP

A 41-year-old Texas woman was jailed Friday charged with attempted murder in a shooting that left her boyfriend, a 70-year-old retired judge,seriously injured.

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KAMPALA- Denis Lutwama Kasule, the son of Court of Appeal justice Remmy Kasule, has died in the United States under mysterious circumstances.

Lutwama’s body was discovered last week behind his apartment in Denver, Colorado.

Accounts of the aftermath reveal that his body was found unresponsive in an alley behind his apartment building. The apartment door was wide open when police arrived.

Justice Kasule in his internal communication to fellow judicial officers dated June 24, attributed his son’s death to multiple assaults though there was no definite cause to that effect.

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Local circuit court judge passes away

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A local circuit court judge died early Tuesday morning at his home.

According to Craighead County Coroner Toby Emerson, Hon. Lee Fergus of Jonesboro died of natural causes at his home. He was pronounced dead at St. Bernard’s Medical Center.

Fergus was a judge for the 2nd Judicial District of Arkansas.

Juvenile court in Blytheville has been cancelled for Tuesday and other circuit court judges will cover Wednesday’s proceedings.

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June 23, 2015

Ex-Police Chief Found Dead
Published On: Jun 23 2015 12:26:29 PM CDT

Piper appears to have self-inflicted gunshot wound

The former Rio Grande City police chief was found dead Tuesday morning.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS learned Byron “Dutch” Piper was found with a shot wound to the head before he was expected to face a federal judge. Piper was facing theft charges.

Rio Grande City Police Chief Noe Castillo told us the former chief was found dead on the 100 block of Aguirre Street.

Castillo said a Starr County sheriff’s deputy discovered Piper’s body inside his red Mercedes, which was parked outside his home. He added he will be turning over the investigation to the sheriff’s department because of Piper’s ties to the police department.

Castillo said as in any case of this nature, they are treating it as a homicide. However, he said it appeared Piper died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Retired judge fires on LA cops he called to home

By Sarah Parvini &
Veronica Rocha

In Los Angeles’ legal community, James A. Bascue was a towering and admired figure.

As a top prosecutor, he became a national expert on gang prosecutions. Appointed to the bench, he rose to presiding judge of Los Angeles Superior Court.

But shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday, Bascue found himself on the other side of the law.

Los Angeles police said they arrived at Bascue’s West L.A. townhouse to find him inside holding two guns. Authorities said he fired on officers, prompting a standoff with a SWAT team that ended with the arrest of the 75-year-old retired jurist.

While Bascue sat in jail, friends and longtime colleagues struggled to understand the bizarre twist after such a distinguished career.

“How do you explain someone who is accomplished and upstanding for six decades all of a sudden engaging in an act that’s this serious?” asked former Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley.

“Something went on here. Something broke.”

“It’s inexplicable what led to this situation,” said Robert H. Philibosian, another former district attorney who appointed Bascue as his chief deputy in 1983. “I’m glad he didn’t injure himself, or God forbid, kill himself.”

About 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, Bascue called police reporting that he was being held hostage inside his home in the 1900 block of South Barrington Avenue, police said.

Dispatchers gleaned little information from Bascue’s call. He offered few details and refused to turn down the volume on a blaring TV set, said LAPD Officer Liliana Preciado.

When officers arrived, authorities said, they peered into a window and saw him sitting in a living room chair with two guns in his lap. He loaded the guns’ magazines and pointed a gun at his head, police said.

Officers pleaded with him to drop the weapons.

He fired two shots: one inside his house, another toward the officers at the window.

“Thankfully he was a bad shot,” Preciado said.

After the SWAT team was called in, officers tried to talk Bascue into surrendering. Family members were contacted, but he would not emerge, police said.

A neighbor eventually persuaded him to give up.

Police evaluated Bascue for mental health issues, but they did not place him on a psychiatric hold. Investigators said they were looking into whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The standoff surprised neighbor Ellen Hoffman, who has lived for more than a year in the small, gated complex but saw Bascue only about three times.

“The judge,” as neighbors call him, kept to himself, she said.

Former state Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp said the Bascue he knew would never flout the law. The two met in the 1970s, when Van de Kamp was L.A. County district attorney and Bascue a prosecutor. He praised Bascue as a “serious, straight arrow.”

Under Van de Kamp, Bascue spearheaded the hardcore gang unit that prosecuted the county’s most violent offenders.

Philibosian, who later served as chief deputy attorney general, was so impressed with Bascue that he named him his second-in-command, then recommended him to help reform the State Bar of California.

Gov. George Deukmejian appointed Bascue to the bench in 1990. He rose through the ranks to become head of the criminal division. While holding the post, he frequently criticized the state’s “three-strikes” law for failing to rehabilitate criminals and for placing financial pressure on local courts.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in 1996, Bascue said he often escaped the stories of violence he heard in court by retreating to his vacation home in Northern California, where he planted more than 8,000 trees.

Peers on the bench elected him to serve as assistant presiding judge; he served as presiding judge from 2001 to 2002. As leader of the state’s largest county court system, he worked through the turbulent process of merging the municipal courts with the superior courts.

The massive merger ruffled a lot of feathers, Philibosian said, but “Jim, with good humor and dignity, was able to make it all work.”

The Judicial Council of California awarded Bascue the jurist of the year award for his work to unify the courts.

Attorney Richard G. Hirsch, who is representing Bascue, said the retired judge was released Thursday afternoon after posting $100,000 bail.

“I’ve known Judge Bascue for many, many years. When he was a D.A. and a judge, and since he’s left the bench,” Hirsch said. “He’s devoted his entire life to seeking justice for everyone, and I hope will receive the same.”

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Two former Taunton-area men arraigned in fatal stabbing of RI judge’s brother
Apr 8, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two Massachusetts men remain held without bail in the murder of the troubled brother of a Rhode Island Supreme Court justice.

Matthew Marcotte, 22, of no permanent address, and Rolando J. Brooks, 22, of Taunton, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and conspiracy during their arraignment Wednesday in Superior Court. They are accused of attacking 53-year-old William E. McKenna, whom they happened to run into at a Sam’s Food Store in Pawtucket last February.

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Judge found dead in Memphis Country Club parking lot Staff
Apr 6, 2015 07:07 PM

Chancellor Oscar “Bo” Carr III was found dead in his car in the parking lot of the Memphis Country Club on Monday night.

Police officers responded to the scene, where they found Carr dead of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Friends and loved ones describe Chancellor Oscar “Bo” Carr as a family man, who was humble and pleasant to be around.

They say the focus is not on how Carr died, but the extraordinary life he lived.

“Jut a real loss,” Ed Galfsky said. “I think, a real sense of loss.”

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Rankin Co. judge found dead in Madison County – …
Authorities found Fairly sometime after 4 p.m. on Friday.

Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said an investigation is ongoing and more information would be available after an autopsy is performed.
Mississippi Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. released a statement Friday night, calling Fairly “one of the most dedicated, hard-working, selfless public servants that I have known.”
“He assumed a very heavy docket with diligence, impartiality and scholarship. His passing will be a tremendous loss to the judicial branch of government,” Waller said.

Fairly had recently taken medical leave from the bench.
“Obviously the county is in total shock,” Rankin County Board of Supervisors President Jared Morrison said Friday night.

Morrison said he had seen Fairly at a county meeting Thursday.
“I’ve always considered him a strong but fair judge and no nonsense — a judge like we need and want in Rankin County,” he said. “He is one of the reasons why our judicial system has been so strong.”

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY (WHNT) – Lauderdale County Probate Judge James E. Hall, Jr. has died.  According to courthouse officials and friends, Hall, 55, passed away overnight Monday from a sudden illness.

Hall was elected to office in 2012 to a six-year term.

Judge Gil Self went to law school with Judge Hall. That was 30 years ago. He woke up to a heartbreaking call early Tuesday morning.

“I was notified at about 2:46 AM this morning that Judge Hall had just died, and I was struck with a profound loss,” said Self.

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White Detroit Federal Judge Shot (Wounded) On His Front Porch By Two Blacks–Wife Says “Don’t Hate Detroit”

A white federal judge in Detroit, U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg,
was shot on his front porch in Detroit by two black males after he refused to let them into his house.[Judge called hero in shooting, WZZZ-13, March 6, 2015]

It was definitely the right thing to do not to let them in–the amount of horror than could have been inflicted on Berg and his family by two black males in a home invasion is not to be thought of.

Amusingly, this Detroit News story doesn’t describe the men as black, but as “the men, approximately 18-25 years old who apparently tried to rob the federal judge”. It also describes the car they escaped in as “either a black Chrysler 300 or Charger”. Why is the color of the car relevant?

The Detroit Free Press does describe the shooters as black males, and features this statement from the Judge’s wife:

The family of a federal judge who was shot outside his west-side Detroit home Thursday night has a message for the community: Don’t blame the city.

“We just want people to know that this is not a reason to hate Detroit,” U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg’s wife, Anita Sevier, told the Free Press today. “Instead of being angry, be part of the solution for the hopeless teens and children of Detroit.”

She stressed, “We don’t want this to be a reason to hate.”

Sevier’s comments came a day after her husband was shot on his front porch in the city’s University District at about 9:10 p.m., moments after retrieving his trash bin from the curb.


White Detroit Federal Judge Shot (Wounded) On His Front Porch By Two Blacks–Wife Says “Don’t Hate Detroit”

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Dead Judges Don’t Lie:

Another Sudden Judicial Death Linked to Water War …
Dead Judges Don’t Lie: Another Sudden Judicial Death Linked to Water War …: WAS JUDGE BLANCHARD MURDERED?

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Caddo Parish district attorney found dead in Baton Rouge hotel room

Capt. Cory Lalonde, an LSU police spokesman, said officers responded to the Cook hotel, located on West Lakeshore Drive near Sorority Row, at about 8:15 a.m. to find Scott unresponsive in his hotel room. Scott was pronounced dead at the scene.

“There were no suspicious circumstances,” Lalonde said. “There was nothing to indicate any sign of foul play.”

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Judge’s son killed in hit-and-run; couple pleads no contest

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– Feb 6, 2015 – 7 California section about a motorist pleading no contest in the hit-and-run death of the son of a federal …

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Detroit News: FBI offers $25,000 Reward
FBI offers $25,000 reward in judge’s shooting: Terrence G. Berg was shot in the leg Thursday night and rushed to a hospital, police said … in Detroit in apparent … › index.ssf › 2015/03 › – Mar 5, 2015

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$50,000 Reward Offered in Killing of Superior Court Judge’s 86-Year-Old Philanthropist Wife


More than six weeks after the 86-year-old wife of a former Los Angeles Superior Court judge was found slain in her home in the affluent Windsor Square neighborhood, Los Angeles police on Thursday asked for help in the case.

Detectives had few leads in the killing of Antonia Maria Yager, who was found dead of apparent multiple stab wounds at her home in the 100 block of North Beachwood Drive on Dec. 22.

A flier regarding the killing of Antonia Yager was displayed at a Feb. 5, 2015, LAPD news conference. (Credit: KTLA)
An employee at the home found Yager’s body. The victim had been dropped off by a friend following a charity dinner at the Wilshire Country Club the previous evening, police said.

There was evidence she woke up Dec. 22 morning and had breakfast, Detective Kevin Pierce said at a new conference announcing a $50,000 reward in the case.

She was the widow of retired Judge Thomas C. Yager, who died in 2008 at age 90.

Antonia “Toni” Yager came to the United States from Holland after World War II and worked as a nurse. She became a devoted wife and philanthropist and was active in the Larchmont community, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Gunman executes 2 NYPD cops in Garner ‘revenge’ | New York Post
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Dec 20, 2014 – Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner — in what investigators believe was a crazed gunman’s assassination-style mission to avenge Eric Garner and Michael Brown. … Moments after killing

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Retired Putnam County, WV judge found dead

Posted: Dec 10, 2014

Retired Putnam County, WV Judge O.C. Spaulding was found dead near his home Wednesday night, according to West Virginia State Police.

Spaulding stepped down from his position of judge in December 2011, after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease earlier that year.

Spaulding died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Lt. Michael Baylous of the West Virginia State Police.

Lou Gehrig’s disease can originate in the brain and target motor neurons. The disease mainly affects muscles involved in speech.

Judge Spaulding was 69.

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Aug 22, 2014

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Ocmulgee Circuit Superior Court Judge James L. Cline Jr., 62, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

He was found dead in his Greensboro home Thursday. An autopsy Friday determined the manner of his death, according to a GBI news release.

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UPDATE: Cleveland city court judge found dead of gunshot wound

July 14th, 2014 by Paul Leach in Local – Breaking

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -Cleveland police responding late this morning to a downtown parking lot at 4th Street and Broad Street found the body of City Court Judge Bill Moss, according to a news release.

The victim had a gunshot wound that was “possibly self-inflicted,” police department Public Information Officer Evie West said in the statement.

The body has been taken to Knoxville for an autopsy and no other information will be released in what police are calling “an ongoing death investigation.”
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A veteran Massachusetts judge has died, according to a court spokeswoman.

Superior Court Judge Joseph M. Walker III was found dead in his West Roxbury home this afternoon, court spokeswoman Jennifer Donahue said.

Walker was 63.

Appointed to the bench in 1995 by the late Gov. A. Paul Cellucci, Walker, a native of North Carolina, was scheduled to be transferred to Brockton Superior Court, Donahue said.

The circumstances of Walker’s death were not immediately clear.

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Darren Mack seeks retrial in wife’s killing, shooting of judge

Reno Gazette-Journal › news › 2014/06/25

– Mack told one of his lawyers at the time he believed he was justified in shooting a “corrupt” judge. … By Scott Sonner, Associated Press 4:57 p.m. PDT June 25, 2014 … (Photo: Marilyn Newton/RGJ file ).

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HUSH NEWS: (Part III) JUDICIAL Murders And More – Something Must Be Wrong With The Justice System!!

HUSH NEWS: (Part III) JUDICIAL Murders And More – Something Must Be Wrong With The Justice System!!

Philadelpha Judge Found Dead at NJ Shore Home, Apparent Suicide
By Mike Dunn

VENTNOR, N.J. (CBS) — Philadelphia’s legal and political community is mourning the death of Common Pleas judge Adam Beloff, whose body was found at his Ventnor, NJ home on Saturday after an apparent suicide.

US congressman Bob Brady (D-Phila.), who runs the Democratic City Committee, calls the death of Judge Beloff a tragedy.

“He was very classy guy, a real nice man,” Brady said today.  “I had a lot of conversations with him.  He said he had his dream job, and he was extremely thankful.”

Ventnor police on Saturday responded to a call from the judge’s home on Wellington Avenue and found him dead at the scene.

Beloff, 48, was serving his first term as a Common Pleas judge, presiding over cases in the criminal division.

Before becoming a judge, he shared a practice with his wife, Hope Beloff, specializing in family law.  Reports say he is distantly related to former Philadelphia city councilman Leland (Lee) Beloff.

Brady said Adam Beloff was hard-working and “a very good judge.”   He said he knew Beloff had had “a little bit of a domestic issue,” but thought it was being worked out.

Autopsy results were pending.

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December 03, 2012

District Judge Gay Elwell found dead in her Easton home

Coroner was called to College Hill home Monday. He’ll rule on cause, manner of death.
December 03, 2012|By Frank Warner, Of The Morning Call

District Judge Gay L. Elwell, a magistrate for Easton since 1996 and a former Morning Call reporter, was found dead Monday in her Easton home, her secretary said. She was 54.

“We’re all in shock,” said her secretary, who identified herself only as Linda. She said police in mid-afternoon informed Elwell’s Easton staff of the death.

Elwell’s secretary said she did not know the cause of Elwell’s death or exactly when she died.

Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek confirmed the death. He said he will rule later on the cause and manner of death. He was called to Elwell’s College Hill home Monday afternoon.

Elwell was the wife of city artist Karl Stirner.

It was the second death in the Elwell family this year. Elwell’s brother, Jonathan, 44, was found dead near Iowa railroad tracks on June 19, two months after he left his Berks County home for a vacation. Officials were unable to rule on the cause of his death.

Jonathan’s death weighed heavily on Elwell. According to friends, over the weekend she talked about her brother, who lived in Shillington, and she still wondered how he died. Elwell also had a heart problem, one friend said.

Close friend Joanne Moore of Kintnersville said Elwell suffered chest pains in late October and went to her doctor for a battery of tests.

“They found nothing,” Moore said, adding that Elwell was prone to supraventricular tachycardia, a rapid heartbeat that can cause chest pain, but which might disappear long enough to be missed by medical tests.

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OLYMPIA, Washington — A man knocked on the door of Thurston County District Court Judge Brett Buckley’s home, tossed an unknown clear liquid into the face of the judge when he opened the door and then walked away without saying a word, authorities said Tuesday.

Buckley initially felt no reaction from the liquid when the incident occurred at about 9:25 p.m. Monday, but later went to the hospital with irritated skin. He was released after treatment.

“At this point we have no idea whether he was attacked because he is a judge, or something in his personal life, or whether it was just a random attack completely,” Olympia police spokeswoman Laura Wohl said. “The individual who did throw the substance said nothing and have no indication as to why he was choosing Judge Buckley as his victim.”

The judge, who handles mostly misdemeanor criminal cases and heads up the mental health division, told police, he didn`t recognize his attacker, and no one in his courtroom has been particularly upset with a verdict.

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May 7, 2012

A deputy has been shot and a judge attacked at Grays Harbor County courthouse in Washington state

A man who stabbed a judge and shot a sheriff’s deputy in a western Washington courthouse remained at large Friday afternoon after authorities determined that a man who was taken into custody afterward wasn’t the suspect.

“So far, we have not positively identified anyone” in the incident, which happened about noon local time (3 p.m. ET) at the Grays Harbor County Courthouse in Montesano, a town of 4,000 people 100 miles southwest of Seattle, Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott told reporters, adding: “We do not have a suspect in custody.”

About an hour after the attack, authorities converged with weapons drawn on a house in Montesano where they believed a suspect, whom they initially identified as Michael Thomas, was holed up. They threw a gas canister toward the house and then advanced on it.

At about the same time, the Washington State Patrol told NBC station KING-TV of Seattle that Michael Thomas had been taken into custody on unrelated charges in the city of Tumwater, about 40 miles away.

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36th District Court Judge George Chatman found dead in home
September 23, 2011

DETROIT (WXYZ)Detroit Police were called out to the scene to investigate the death of 36th District Court Judge George Chatman.

Judge Chatman’s body was found at a home on Glenwood and Reno on Detroit’s east side. Police now believe his death was an apparent suicide.

Chatman’s wife was contacted when the 66-year-old judge did not show up for work. His wife called police after finding his body at a rental property that the Judge owned.

It will still be up to the Medical Examiner to determine the exact cause of death.


Ex-Judge Found Severely Injured In Office

Published On: Aug 08 2011 07:44:30 AM MDT

SOCORRO, N.M. – New Mexico State Police are searching for the people responsible for a brutal attack on a former district judge.

New Mexico State Police are searching for the people responsible for a brutal attack on a former district judge.

State police are being tight-lipped about the attack on former Judge Thomas Fitch. There’s no word on a motive, but investigators said some of the persons of interest crossed his path in past legal cases.

Authorities were called to Fitch’s office around 7:30 p.m. where they found him severely injured. Investigators aren’t releasing details and won’t reveal exactly how many persons of interest that they’re looking at. They confirmed that the persons of interest had some contact with Fitch in past legal cases, and detectives have solid leads.

The former judge is now an attorney who practices with his wife, Polly Ann Tausch said. Police taped off Fitch’s law office in Socorro on Saturday to gather evidence after the brutal attack.

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Federal Judge John Roll Killed In Arizona Shooting

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Jan 8, 2011 – Roll faced death threats in 2009 after presiding over a $32 million civil-rights lawsuit, the Arizona.

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East Bay Judge Dies Unexpectedly
December 2009

The judge who presided over the trial over the University of  California at Berkeley’s bid to build a new training center next to its  football stadium has died unexpectedly at the age of 58.
Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said a preliminary autopsy  of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Barbara Miller found no signs of  trauma and it appears that she died of natural causes.

Miller, who served as the court’s presiding judge in 2004 and  2005, was found dead by a relative in her home in the 1300 block of El Centro  Avenue in Oakland’s Glenview District about 6:15 p.m. on Friday.

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U.S. judiciary facing rise in death

by Robert Anglen – Jul. 9, 2009 12:00 AM

U.S. judiciary facing rise in death threats, A prison informer gave up details of a planned hit in April: A drug dealer wanted a federal prosecutor dead. The prosecutor had put him away; now he was willing to pay someone to kill her. {bnl} Search FBI crime statistics | Interactive crime maps
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OCSO Death Investigation: Judge G. Robert Barron found dead in Shalimar

Updated: Mon 5:15 PM, Dec 08, 2008
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A sheriff’s spokeswoman said Barron was found dead in a car at 8th Street and Meggs Ave at mid-morning.

A full investigation is underway, but current reports say there is no indication of foul play. The circumstances surrounding the incident have not been determined, but its thought to be medically related.

Witnesses say the Judge’s car left the roadway, ran into some bushes and then hit a stop sign.

Barron had been a Circuit Judge in the First Judicial Circuit since January of 1979.

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February 24, 2004


FORT ANN – Washington County Judge Gordon Hemmett died of an apparent gunshot wound Monday morning at his Pilot Knob Road home, officials said. He was found dead by his wife shortly before 10 a.m. at his home, authorities said.

Relatives and co-workers had become concerned about him when he did. not show up for family court, officials said.




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WHEN EVIL BECOMES GOOD AND TYRANNICAL CRIMINALS BECOME KINGS AND QUEENS… Psalms 2:2-3 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying:

WHEN EVIL BECOMES GOOD AND TYRANNICAL CRIMINALS BECOME KINGS AND QUEENS… Psalms 2:2-3 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying:

“Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”

More Funding Needed To Protect Judges ?????

The attack on Kocurek is a grim reminder of the vulnerability of the American justice system, and the need for greater support and funding for judicial protection efforts.

Judges must routinely make difficult decisions. Their profession requires them to adjudicate hotly contested issues in a manner that is fair, faithful to the law and, essentially, fearless.

When criminals perpetrate violent acts against judges because of their rulings, they strike at the core of the American legal system. The threat is similar to when high school football players direct their wrath over controversial calls against game officials by using physical force.

However, when judges are the victims, the stakes are much higher. The violence threatens not the integrity of a sport but an institution that plays an essential role in American democracy.

Violence against any judge endangers not only its target but also threatens to intimidate other judicial officeholders in regard to how they perform their duties. If such violence were the norm, it would be nearly impossible to attract or retain qualified judges. It also would be unrealistic to expect judges to perform their duties bravely and independently.

Unless judges are protected from violence and other forms of retaliation, the administration of justice will collapse. This reality is well documented around the world in a multitude of countries with weak judiciaries.


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Retired judge found dead in suspected suicide, police say | Deseret News

Sep 15, 2016 – Retired Judge Stephen L. Henriod, who served 16 years on the bench in Salt Lake County, was found dead Thursday …

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Retired federal judge found dead at Yale Club | New York Post

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Oct 26, 2016 – A retired federal judge was found dead Wednesday afternoon at a pricey social club in Manhattan, police …

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