Providence Journal columnist Edward Fitzpatrick had a great look back at the 35 year legacy of retiring Presiding Judge Joseph F. Rodgers Jr. of the Rhode Island Superior Court. Here’s the start:
Standing in his office at the Licht Judicial Complex, Superior Court Presiding Justice Joseph F. Rodgers Jr. gestured toward a large green trash barrel, which he had been filling with legal documents.
“That’s the sixth one,” Rodgers said, explaining that the six barrels contained “35 years of matters accumulated.”
Many matters have accumulated since 1974 when, at age 32, Rodgers became the youngest-ever judge in Rhode Island history. Now 67, he is retiring, having served on the Superior Court longer than any other judge in the court’s 104-year history.
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