RIPR News
11:28 am
Mon December 30, 2002

Supreme Court Justice Dies of Heart Attack

Providence – Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Victoria Lederberg died of a massive heart attack Sunday at her home in Providence. She was 65.

"She had a great passion for the law, this court, the judiciary, her husband Seymour, her two children, and her six grand children," said Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank Williams.

The death of Justice Lederberg leaves two vacancies on the state's highest court. Justice John Bourcier died in August after a long battle with cancer. Governor Lincoln Almond has nominated a successor, but the General Assembly is in recess and has not scheduled a confirmation vote. Governor-elect Donald Carcieri would nominate two justices, unless the General Assembly meets in special session.

"We're current on all our cases. We will maintain that. It will be a stretch, but it's the future we have to look at getting two vacancies filled with qualified people who can fill the large void we now have," said Williams.

Funeral services for Lederberg were scheduled for Tuesday at Temple Beth-El in Providence. Rhode Island courts will be closed on Tuesday because of the funeral.

WRNI's Av Harris spoke with Justice Frank Williams about Lederberg.