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Statement of U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Myers on the Passing of Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Goodloe Jr.

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS- Zachary A. Myers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, issued the following statement on the death of former Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Goodloe Jr.:

Mr. Charles Goodloe, Jr., was a native of Greenfield, Indiana, and earned his undergraduate and law degrees at Indiana University. He joined the U.S. Attorney’s office in 1971 as a law clerk and was appointed as an Assistant U.S. Attorney upon passing the bar exam that year. Mr. Goodloe was the first Black person to ever serve as an AUSA in the state of Indiana and was the office’s longest-ever serving attorney when he retired in 2008.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is deeply saddened to learn of Charles Goodloe Jr.’s passing. Mr. Goodloe was an extraordinarily talented trial attorney, dedicated public servant, and trailblazer who opened doors of opportunity for others,” said U.S. Attorney Myers. “Charles Goodloe prosecuted many complex, important, and difficult cases, including complex fraud prosecutions of corporate executives and what turned out to be the final prosecution of the Indiana leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Ever the gentleman, he approached his work with dignity, kindness, attention to detail, and tremendous skill. Mr. Goodloe was an inspiration and mentor to me and many others who followed in his footsteps. His impact was so significant he was the first person to have a conference room in our office dedicated in their honor. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Goodloe’s family, friends, and colleagues who join us in mourning his passing and celebrating his legacy.”

In addition to his accomplishments as a prosecutor, Mr. Goodloe served our country in the United States Army for two years. Charles was a beloved husband and father, an avid reader, and incredibly generous with his time and talent. He will be missed.


Updated July 1, 2024