- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Salem, Ore., police say an autopsy has determined that a 74-year-old Marion County Circuit Court judge died in an accidental fall at his home.

Lt. Steve Birr says an autopsy performed Tuesday by the Oregon state medical examiner’s office determined that Judge Albin Norblad died of a subdural hematoma which was the result of an accidental fall. Officers found the judge dead at his home Monday after going to check on him when he did not answer his phone. Police investigated because it was an unattended death.

The Statesman Journal says the presiding judge in Marion County Circuit Court, Jamese Rhoades, called Norblad a “smart, feisty, cut-through-the baloney kind of judge.”

The newspaper says he was a third-generation member of a family that produced a governor and a U.S. representative.

Norblad was in his 42nd year as a Marion County judge.

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