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Posted at 7:34 AM ET, 12/ 6/2010

Va. justice prepares to retire

By The Roanoke Times

A Virginia Supreme Court justice is preparing for mandatory retirement after spending nearly his entire career in the state's judicial system.

Justice Lawrence Koontz spoke to The Roanoke Times about reaching that milestone Feb. 1, when he turns 70. He will then become a senior justice, and so will sit in for recused justices.

Koontz started at age 27 as a Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge for Roanoke. After a tenure there and as a trial judge, he helped create the state's Court of Appeals in 1985.

Koontz has been a justice for 15 years. He told the newspaper his most memorable case was one in which he dissented. But he noted that the case reached the U.S. Supreme Court, and yielded a 2002 decision that limited application of the death penalty.

By The Roanoke Times  | December 6, 2010; 7:34 AM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Virginia  
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