Former Indiana Chief Justice Givan dies at 88

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Former Indiana Chief Justice Richard Givan, who spent 26 years on the state's highest court, has died at age 88.

The Supreme Court announced his death, which happened Tuesday at his home near Plainfield.

Givan joined the Supreme Court in 1968 and became chief justice in 1974. He stepped down as the court's leader in 1987, but remained a justice until his retirement in 1994.

Current Justice Brent Dickson recalled Givan as a devout Quaker who backed repealing the death penalty while he was a legislator, but then upheld several death sentences while on the court because of his duty to follow state law.

Givan grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from the Indiana University School of Law. He also was an Army Air Corps pilot during World War II.

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