Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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On behalf of the justices of the Supreme Court, I want to pause for a moment before the opening of court to take note of the untimely passing on Sunday of Judge Frank J. Kinney, Jr.
Judge Kinney was one of the most widely respected judges in the Connecticut judiciary. He was a person to whom you would point as the best example of that unique blend of legal knowledge, human compassion and professional dedication that makes an individual an outstanding jurist. He epitomized the good judge. His excellence in the courtroom was matched by administrative talents which placed him in the forefront of those judges to whom Judge Ment and I turn for counsel.
Judge Kinney wore many hats. As Chief Administrative Judge of the Criminal Division, Administrative Judge of the New Haven Judicial District, and presiding judge on the criminal side in New Haven, he displayed a breadth of talent rarely seen in any one individual. He approached every assignment with the same unwavering commitment to excellence.
It was, however, as an individual judge, sitting in a courtroom, that Judge Kinney was most respected. He was compassionate in his dealings with others, yet tough when firmness was appropriate. Most important of all, he conducted the proceedings in his courtroom with steadfast dedication to the principles of equal justice under law that are the foundation of our court system.
I hereby charge the Reporter of Judicial Decisions with taking whatever steps are necessary to make these remarks a part of the official record of the proceedings of this court and to see that these remarks are printed in the Connecticut Law Journal.