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Joseph Weisberger; served as R.I. judge for 45 years


Rhode Island Judiciary


PROVIDENCE — Joseph R. Weisberger, a former chief justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court who was credited with restoring public faith in the courts after his two predecessors were forced out by scandals, has died.

Craig Berke, a spokesman for the state Supreme Court, said Mr. Weisberger died Friday morning. He did not know the cause.

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Mr. Weisberger was 92.

Mr. Weisberger, who retired in 2001 after 45 years as a state judge, told the Associated Press upon his retirement that he would not have changed much in his career, and he wished he could live the whole thing over again.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin called Mr. Weisberger one of the giants of the state’s judicial system. House Speaker Gordon Fox said that Mr. Weisberger’s integrity was without question, and his knowledge of the law was unparalleled.

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