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Small-town lawyer who became appeals court judge dies

December 30, 2018

OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan appeals court judge who spent more than 20 years on the bench after a law career in a small town has died.

E. Thomas Fitzgerald of Owosso was 79. His obituary says he died Thursday at Sparrow Health Systems.

Fitzgerald was elected to the appeals court in 1990. In 1994, he was part of the 2-1 majority that struck down, on very technical grounds, Michigan’s ban on assisted suicide.

He opened a law office in Owosso a few years after graduating from law school in 1966. Fitzgerald told The Argus-Press that he won a big case and business “just mushroomed.” He says he would sometimes see two dozen people a day.

Gerald Lostracco, a former Shiawassee County judge and prosecutor, says Fitzgerald was a “fierce competitor.”

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Information from: The Argus-Press, http://www.argus-press.com

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