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Judge Dan Russell passes away

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GULFPORT, MS (WLBT)- Family and friends mourn the loss of a judicial icon.

98-year old retired judge, Dan Russell, passed in his Gulfport home Saturday.

Russell served as a U.S. District Judge for more than 42 years.

He played a critical role in many legal battles during the civil rights era.

Russell's family says funeral arrangements will be made on Monday.

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