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I'm sure by now that many of you are aware that Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Ralph Gants has died. The announcement came yesterday afternoon.

Last week, Gants, 65, confirmed he suffered a heart attack on Sept. 4, but was optimistic about his recovery and ability to return to the bench to resume his duties, albeit on a limited basis initially.

Gants was a fearless advocate for racial injustice and was a hero to many. Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington offered her thoughts on the passing of Justice Gants. Here's the Official Press Release from the District Attorney's Office:

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office is sad to learn of Chief Justice Ralph Gants’ passing.

Please see the statement from Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington:

“I send my condolences to Justice Gants’ family, friends, and the entire legal community reeling from this unexpected loss. We will deeply miss his dedication to justice and his intellect and deep thought on the Supreme Judicial Court,” District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.

“Justice Gants’ is a true champion of criminal justice reform. His advocacy made Massachusetts safer, stronger, and more equitable. He understood the power those in the justice system have over the lives of our community members and inspired us to use that power for good. We are grateful for his time serving the Commonwealth with compassion, understanding, and humanity.”

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