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Robert J. Callahan, chief justice in Connecticut; 82

ROBERT J. CALLAHAN

Bob Child/Associated Press/1999

ROBERT J. CALLAHAN

NORWALK, Conn. — Former Connecticut Chief Justice Robert J. Callahan, who served on the state’s highest court for 14 years, died Tuesday in Norwalk Hospital. He was 82 and had suffered from Parkinson’s disease, his son Robert Jr. said.

Justice Callahan retired in 1999 after serving as chief justice for three years. He became a member of the state Supreme Court in 1985 after serving as a prosecutor for the Norwalk City Court and as a circuit court and superior court judge.

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‘‘Chief Justice Callahan made a lasting impact in Connecticut, serving nearly fifteen years on the Supreme Court and authoring hundreds of opinions that have had a profound impact,’’ Governor Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement. ‘‘His leadership skills and humor guided the court through several difficult cases, always with honest reasoning and judgment.’’

Justice Callahan also led an initiative to improve trust and confidence in the state courts.

Connecticut’s current chief justice, Chase Rogers, told the Hartford Courant that Justice Callahan was “a hard-working, diligent judge.”

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