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Rolf Larsen, impeached Pennsylvania justice, dies

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 12, 2014 12:47 PM
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(Pittsburgh) -- Rolf Larsen, a state Supreme Court justice who was removed from office following a conspiracy conviction and later impeached after serving 16 years on the high court, has died. He was 79.

Larsen's longtime friend and fellow attorney, John Tumolo, says Larsen died Monday of lung cancer at a Pittsburgh nursing home.

Larsen, a Democrat, was next in line to be the court's chief justice when he was removed from the bench in 1994 because of a conviction of conspiring to accept mood-altering drugs in the names of his employees.

Larsen became the only Supreme Court justice to be impeached later that same year, when he was convicted by the state Senate of voting on whether to hear cases based on input from an attorney who was also a political supporter.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.

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