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U.S. District Judge Craig Broadwater dies

| Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. District Judge W. Craig Broadwater has died at Pittsburgh hospital where he was being treated for cancer, a federal court official said Tuesday.

He was 56.

Broadwater died Monday night at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center of complications from cancer, said said Bill Hinerman, chief deputy clerk for the Northern District.

"I've met a lot of people who knew Judge Broadwater and I have never met anybody who didn't like him," Hinerman said.

Broadwater, who was born Aug. 8, 1950, in Elk City, Okla., a son of W.C. and Reta Stansberry Broadwater. He had been a federal judge for 10 years, having been appointed to the bench by President Clinton.

Broadwater previously served as a special prosecutor in Ohio County and as a former chief judge in the state's 1st Circuit, covering Brooke, Hancock and Ohio counties.

"West Virginia has lost a great judge, a true patriot and a remarkable man," said U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who as governor appointed Broadwater to the Ohio County Circuit Court. "He was someone who truly understood the unique role that courts play in the daily lives of West Virginians, particularly children and families."

Broadwater received his undergraduate and law degrees from West Virginia University. He was a brigadier general in the Army National Guard and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

"He was bright, articulate and just extraordinarily kind. And he was genuinely concerned about his role in the dissemination of justice and his role as a leader both in the court and the military," Hinerman said.

"It's tough to lose someone like that."

Broadwater is survived by his wife, Chong, daughters Taeja and Chandra, and son Shane.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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