FORSYTH, Ga. (AP) - Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold G. Clarke has died. He was 85.
Current Supreme Court Chief Justice Carol Hunstein said Wednesday that Clarke died peacefully Tuesday evening with his family by his side. He served on the court from 1979 to 1994. He served as chief justice from 1990 to 1994.
Hunstein says Clarke was chief justice when she joined the court in 1992. She says he was a great jurist but also "a quiet, strong leader of principle" and the kindest man she's known.
On behalf of the court, Hunstein expressed gratitude for Clarke's legacy and service and extended sympathies to his family.