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US District Judge James Turk dies at 91

RADFORD (AP) U.S. District Judge James Turk has died. He was 91.

Alex Davis with De Vilbiss Funeral Home says Turk died Sunday at his home in Radford.

Turk was appointed to the federal bench by President Richard Nixon in 1972. He became a senior judge in 2002 and continued to hear cases.

Turk served in the Virginia Senate from 1959 to 1972. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a graduate of Roanoke College and Washington & Lee University’s School of Law.

Roanoke attorney John Fishwick clerked for Turk in the 1980s, and had appeared before him in cases. Fishwick tells The Roanoke Times that Turk had one of the sharpest legal minds he has ever known.

Davis says funeral arrangements are pending.

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