Resolution J107-2013

Mourning the death of New York State Court of Appeals Judge Theodore T. Jones, Jr.

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  • Jan 15, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 15, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning  the  death of New York State Court of
Appeals Judge Theodore T. Jones, Jr.

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative  Body  to  pay  tribute  to
those  singular  individuals  who  devoted  their  purposeful  lives  to
preserving the rights and protecting the  welfare  of  the  citizens  of
their community and the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is the sense of this Legislative Body  to  mourn
the  death  of  New York State Court of Appeals Judge Theodore T. Jones,
Jr.; and
  WHEREAS, Judge Theodore Jones, Jr., one of seven jurists on New York's
top court, died on Monday, November 5, 2012, at the age of 68; and
  WHEREAS, Judge Theodore Jones,  Jr.,  became  a  state  Supreme  Court
Justice  in  Brooklyn  in  1990  and joined the Court of Appeals in 2007
after being nominated by Governor Eliot Spitzer; he was  co-chairman  of
the  court's task force on wrongful convictions, which recommended vide-
otaping police interrogations, steps to prevent suggestive police  line-
ups  for  witnesses and expanding defense access to DNA evidence; he was
the current court's only  African-American  and  chaired  its  diversity
committee; and
  WHEREAS,  Theodore  Jones, Jr., was born on March 10, 1944; his mother
was a teacher, and his father worked on the Long Island Railroad, becom-
ing a station master; and
  WHEREAS, Judge Theodore Jones, Jr. graduated from  Hampton  University
in  Virginia and later joined the United States Army in 1967, serving in
the Vietnam War and attaining the rank of Captain; and
  WHEREAS, Judge Theodore Jones, Jr. graduated from St. John's Universi-
ty School of Law in 1972; he worked at the Legal Aid  Society,  focusing
on  criminal  defense  work;  he  was elected twice to the state Supreme
Court; and
  WHEREAS, Judge Theodore Jones, Jr. is survived by his wife, Joan,  and
sons, Wesley and Theodore III; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of New York State Court of  Appeals  Judge  Theodore  T.
Jones, Jr.; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Judge Theodore T. Jones, Jr.

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