Die-hard Ark. seg 'Justice Jim' Johnson dies at 85

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Jim Johnson, a self-described "die-hard segregationist" who twice ran unsuccessfully for Arkansas governor, has died at the age of 85. Johnson, who served on the state Supreme Court in the late 1950s and early 1960s, was widely known to veterans of Arkansas politics as "Justice Jim."

The judicial title appeared on the ballot with his name when Johnson was the Democratic nominee for governor in 1966, losing to Republican Winthrop Rockefeller. Lt. Matt Rice of the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office said Johnson was found at about 10 a.m.

Saturday at his home off Beaverfork Lake with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Rice said a rifle was found, and authorities have no reason to suspect foul play. Rice said Johnson reportedly had ongoing medical problems.

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