Former Miss. Supreme Court justice dies

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice

Joe Zuccaro, who practiced law in Natchez for over three decades,

has died at his home. He was 84.

Zuccaro was the son of a Sicilian immigrant and a Natchez


He served in the Marines in World War II and after graduating

from law school at the University of Mississippi in 1949, he

practiced law in Natchez until May 1983 when he was appointed

interim chancellor for the 17th Chancery District.

Zuccaro died on Friday.

He was appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court on Oct. 22,

1987, by then-Gov. Bill Allain. He filled the unexpired term of

Chief Justice Harry G. Walker, but did not seek re-election after

his term expired on Jan. 1, 1989.

Zuccaro also served as a Natchez city and an Adams County

attorney. Zuccaro's former partner Walter Brown described him as a

"witty and humorous" person who had many friends.

Retired Natchez attorney Robert Netterville says Zuccaro was "a

great public servant," and he served Mississippi admirably.


Information from: The Natchez Democrat,

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