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  • Judges and Their Editors

    Judge Hugh R. Jones served on the New York Court of Appeals from 1973 until he reached mandatory retirement age in 1984. When he died in 2001, the New York Times praised him as “an intellectual leader of the state’s highest court and one of its best writers.” A colleague later reminisced that Judge Jones’ “beautifully crafted opinions stand out in the New York Reports as models of scholarship, clarity of thought, and lucid graceful wordsmanship.” They were “clear, crisp powerful writings,” Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye certified, “not a spare or careless word in them.”