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Press Release

Passing of Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, issued the following statement upon the passing of Judge James C. Fox:

“It is with a heavy heart that the men and women of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District acknowledge the death of former United States District Judge James C. Fox.

Judge Fox, a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the UNC School of Law, was appointed as a United States District Judge for the Eastern District in 1982 by President Ronald Regan.  He served more than 35 years on the bench, until his retirement in 2017.

Over the years of his service on the bench, federal prosecutors in this district knew Judge Fox to be a keen student of the law, and dedicated to its firm and fair enforcement.  He expected the highest standards of ethics and professionalism in his court and any attorney who appeared before him was the better for the experience.  He deeply loved the people and places in the Eastern District and worked hard to ensure their business was well-handled in federal court.  He will be greatly missed.

Our deepest respect and gratitude go to Judge Fox.  And, we will keep Judge Fox’s family in our thoughts and prayers.”

Updated March 25, 2019

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