Retired state Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger has died, according to Craig Berke, spokesman for the Rhode Island Judiciary.
He was 92 and in the years since his retirement, Weisberger had helped lead the court’s mediation program.
Weisberger, of East Providence, served as chief justice from 1993 to 2001. Before that, he was a Superior Court judge and prior to his appointment to the bench, he served as a Republican in the state Senate.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin issued this statement:
“Justice Weisberger was amongst the giants of our judicial system. His keen intellect was on display in every opinion he authored and the respect he garnered went well beyond the borders of Rhode Island. Although we mourn his passing, we can take comfort that his service will positively affect all Rhode Islanders for generations to come,” said Attorney General Kilmartin. “On behalf of the entire staff of the Office of Attorney General, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”