Former Connecticut Chief Justice Francis McDonald Dies At 87

Sarah DiMeo
October 10, 2018 - 3:01 pm

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut Chief Justice Francis M. McDonald, known as an outspoken, tough-on-crime conservative who often dissented with the majority, has died. He was 87.

An obituary prepared by his family says he died Monday at a hospital in his native Waterbury from complications due to pneumonia.

McDonald was a state trial court judge for 12 years before joining the state Supreme Court as an associate justice in 1996 after being nominated by former Gov. John Rowland. The Republican governor later nominated him for chief justice and he served in the post from September 1999 to January 2001, when he reached the mandatory judge retirement age of 70.

The Yale Law School graduate previously served as Waterbury state's attorney and prosecuted major murder cases.

His funeral is scheduled for Friday in Litchfield.