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Arizona impeachment trial judge Frank Gordon Jr. dies at 90

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Posted at 1:37 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 15:37:58-05

PHOENIX (AP) - Former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank X. Gordon Jr. has died.

He presided over the 1988 impeachment trial that resulted in Gov. Evan Mecham's removal.

The state high court says Gordon died Monday, three days before his 91st birthday. It didn't specify cause of death. Gordon was a Mohave County Superior Court judge when Gov. Raul Castro appointed him as a justice in 1975.

He was the first appellate judge appointed under a new merit selection process approved by voters. Mecham's impeachment trial ended with the Republican's removal for misuse of public money and obstruction of justice.