- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Former Arkansas State Supreme Court Justice Bradley Jesson has died at age 83.

Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith says Jesson died Monday. A cause of death was not released.

Jesson was appointed state Supreme Court chief justice in 1995 to finish the unexpired term of a retired chief justice.

Jesson later served as one of two special masters for the state Supreme Court in a lawsuit over state funding of schools. The masters eventually reported that the state was properly funding schools.

He also served as legislative secretary to then Gov. Dale Bumpers, as chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party and as a member and chairman of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.

Funeral services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Fort Smith.

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