- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Cheney Joseph Jr., who worked as executive counsel for former Gov. Mike Foster, has died. He was 73.

The LSU Law Center, where Joseph most recently worked as interim co-dean, said Joseph died Friday morning. No cause of death was listed in the statement, which called Joseph “the heart and soul” of the law school.

Joseph joined the faculty of the law center in 1972, with a focus on criminal law and procedure. He worked as vice chancellor for academic and student affairs under three law school chancellors.

He worked as Foster’s chief lawyer during the governor’s first term, from 1996 to 2000. Joseph also had been a district attorney of East Baton Rouge Parish, and he was U.S. attorney for the Baton Rouge-based Middle District from 1976 to 1977.

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