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Former Missouri Chief Justice Blackmar dies

Judge Charles Blackmar.
Judge Charles Blackmar.


Jefferson City, MO. – A former chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court has died.

Judge Charles Blackmar died Friday night in Florida after a brief illness.

He was 84.

Blackmar was chief justice from July 1989 until July 1991. He retired in April 1992 but continued serving as a senior judge, hearing cases through last fall.

Blackmar sat in on the hearing over a law that required voters to show a photo
I.D. at the polls.

While questioning attorneys, Blackmar waved his out-of-date driver's license to the courtroom and said the law would no longer allow him to cast a ballot.

The Supreme Court eventually tossed the law as unconstitutional.

Funeral services for Blackmar are set for Friday at Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City.