Former Vt. Chief Justice Albert Barney dies at 89

May 12, 2010

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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt.—Albert W. Barney, the former chief justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, has died.

Barney died Monday at his home in St. Johnsbury. He was 89.

Barney graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy, Yale University and Harvard Law School.

In 1953, as a state court judge, Barney presided over the murder trial of Donald Demag, the last person executed in the state of Vermont.

Barney was appointed to the Vermont Supreme Court in 1959 and became chief justice in 1974. He retired in 1982.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years Helen, three daughters, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Rodney Sayles of the Sayles Funeral Home says a memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the North Church in St. Johnsbury.

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