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Justice Leroy Hassell dies (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. died Feb. 8 after a long illness. He was 55. He was the first African-American to lead the court when he was elected chief in 2002; it was the first time the members of the court chose their leader. He served two four-year terms. Chief Justice Cynthia ...


  1. Carol Alston and my family

    Justice Hassell and his family have been and will continue to be in my prayers. He was a dear, sweet, compassionate man who loved his God, loved his family and loved this Commonwealth. I know that my family was truly blessed to have had the opportunity to know and fellowship with him and his beloved Linda. Through his life, this great Commonwealth was graced by his intellect, his work ethic and his love of the law. He will always hold a special place in this Commonwealth’s rich history.

  2. Rest in peace, Justice Hassell. Your keen insight, high intellect, quick wit and ability to understand common problems will be missed.

  3. Justice Hassell extended unusual courtesy and kindness to me during argument before a writ panel that I’ll always remember and be appreciative of. My sincere condolences to his family.

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