Former Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Ralph Hodges dies at 82
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT NewsOK.com
Saturday, January 19, 2013
2/18/13 at 10:55 AM
Harry Rouse was not a justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Rouse was appointed to a two-year term as a judge on the state Industrial Court. When Rouse's term expired, Gov. Henry Bellmon did not reappoint him. Bellmon's decision to not reappoint Rouse was not related to the Supreme Court scandal. Also, Rouse was not charged with a crime.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma's youngest-ever state Supreme Court justice, who was appointed after a scandal rocked the state's highest court nearly five decades ago, has died.
Retired Justice Ralph Hodges, who had served on the high court for nearly 40 years, died Wednesday. He was 82.
Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Putnam City Baptist Church under the direction of Mercer-Adams Funeral Home in Bethany.
Hodges was chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court from 1977 to 1978 and from 1993 to 1994. He was appointed to the high court in April 1965 by then-Gov. Henry Bellmon and served until his retirement in 2004.
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Retired Justice Ralph Hodges: Gov. Henry Bellmon appointed Hodges in 1965 in the wake of a scandal involving four high court justices. Hodges, the youngest-ever jurist to be appointed to the court, served twice as chief justice