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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

Monday, July 7, 2014

United States Attorney's Office Mourns Death Of Federal Judge James Turk

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia is saddened to hear the news of the passing of Federal District Court Judge James Turk and offers condolences to Judge Turk’s friends and family in this time of mourning.

“For forty years, Judge Turk worked tirelessly to ensure that the federal judicial system in this District was fair and unbiased,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today. “He brought a level of civility and common courtesy to the bench – qualities that endeared him to the lawyers in this office and all those who practiced before him. His tradition of shaking hands with defendants after their cases concluded was a perfect manifestation of his essential humanity and his ability to recognize the good in all people, regardless of circumstance. For that quality, above all others, Judge Turk will always be remembered.”

Updated April 14, 2015