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Wisconsin Supreme Court holds moment of silence for Crooks

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court has held a moment of silence for Justice Patrick Crooks who died in his chambers at the Capitol on Monday afternoon.

The moment of silence came Tuesday just before oral arguments. Justice Shirley Abrahamson draped Crooks' judicial robe over his vacant chair, which is next to where she sits.

Chief Justice Pat Roggensack says Crooks was "an outstanding legal scholar and dedicated public servant." She says he will be sorely missed.

Abrahamson read from one of the last opinions Crooks wrote, where he gave his view of the importance of an independent judiciary.

The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office says the 77-year-old Crooks died of natural causes.

Gov. Scott Walker ordered flags flown at half-staff in his memory.

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