The West Virginia Supreme Courtroom says Franklin D. Cleckley, the courtroom’s first black justice, has died at age seventy seven.
The courtroom stated in a information launch Tuesday that Cleckley died at his Morgantown residence on Monday. No explanation for demise was given.
A civil rights lawyer, Cleckley was appointed to fill a emptiness on the Supreme Courtroom in 1994 by then-Gov. Gaston Caperton. He spent 27 months on the courtroom and determined to not run for election.
Born in Huntington, Cleckley earned an undergraduate diploma at Anderson (Indiana) School and a regulation diploma from Indiana College. He joined the West Virginia College regulation faculty school in 1969 and returned in 1996 after leaving the Supreme Courtroom.
The courtroom says funeral preparations have been incomplete.