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Theodore Jones Jr., the lone African-American on New Yorks top court, has died of an apparent heart attack.
Jones, 68, died Monday at home in Rockland County. He served on the state Court of Appeals since 2007 after being nominated by then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Jones was considered by some experts the most liberal of the seven judges on the panel.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called Jones "a tireless advocate for equal justice and inspired many through his public service and work outside the judiciary."
" His contributions to New York's highest court will be sorely missed," the governor said in a statement.