Former Chief Justice, Region 8 Native Dies

MARCH 11, 2004 - Posted at 7:35 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Former Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice John A. Fogleman, known for his influence on state case law, died Wednesday at his home.  He was 92.

Fogleman, a Marion native who spent 70 years in the legal profession, became an associate justice on the state Supreme Court in 1976.  In 1981, then-Governor Bill Clinton appointed Fogleman as chief justice.

He retired from the high court a year later and taught law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock while continuing to practice law in Little Rock.

Fogleman also served for a time as president of the Arkansas Bar Association.

During his tenure on the bench, he wrote over 1,000 opinions.  In 1977, Fogleman wrote the majority opinion on a case that found the state's death penalty unconstitutional.

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