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Missouri Supreme Court Judge Richard Teitelman dies

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Court spokeswoman Beth Riggert announced Tuesday morning that 69-year-old Judge Richard B. Teitelman died, but provided no other details. (State website) Court spokeswoman Beth Riggert announced Tuesday morning that 69-year-old Judge Richard B. Teitelman died, but provided no other details. (State website)
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

A Missouri Supreme Court spokeswoman says one of the court's judges has died.

Court spokeswoman Beth Riggert announced Tuesday morning that 69-year-old Judge Richard B. Teitelman died, but provided no other details.

Teitelman had served on the court since March 2002 and was chief justice from July 2011 through June 2013. Before joining the Supreme Court he served on the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District for four years.

The court canceled oral arguments scheduled for Tuesday. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Under Missouri's nonpartisan court plan, a special panel will screen applicants for Teitelman's replacement and nominate three candidates to the governor, who then will make an appointment.

Missouri Governor Nixon issued this statement regarding Teitelman’s death:

“Missourians have lost a judicial leader who dedicated his life over more than four decades in service to the people of this state and to our legal system, both as a Judge of the Missouri Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals and during a long career with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. Judge Teitelman will be remembered not only for his breaking new ground as the first legally blind judge to sit on Missouri’s highest court, but also for his legal skills and his passion for justice. He truly listened to, and never forgot, those who needed justice the most. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues.”

Governor-elect Eric Greitens also issued a statement:

"Today we mourn the passing of Supreme Court Judge Richard Teitelman. He dedicated his life to the service of Missourians and was deeply committed to justice. Judge Teitelman was a trailblazer, serving as both the first Jewish and first legally blind jurist on our state's highest court. His life serves as a reminder to every Missourian that nothing should stand in the way of passionate public service. He was a man known for his kindness and warm spirit, and he will be greatly missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends, colleagues, and family."

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