Judge Walter Stone Has Died

Saturday, September 23, 2017


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Walter Stone, PHOTO: RWU Law

Judge Walter Stone has died.

One of the leading criminal defense attorneys in Rhode Island, Walter Stone was named to the bench in October of 2010 by then-Governor Donald Carcieri. He replaced Judge Rogeriee Thompson when she was elevated to serve as a U.S. Circuit Judge.

"Walter Stone is one of this state's most pre-eminent and respected criminal attorneys, known for his commitment to the law and his clients," said Carcieri at the time of Stone's appointment. "The combination of his experience, knowledge of the law, and the quality of his character make him an exceptional candidate for the Superior Court."

Before being appointed to the court, Stone was a partner at the Providence-based law firm Adler Pollock & Sheehan.

Long-time friend Artin Coloian said about Stone, “He was a great friend, lawyer, and judge. He was widely respected by everyone."

“He (Stone) had an ability to apply common sense to the most complex circumstances. He had a great sense of humor. He always remembered his service to his country as a U.S. Marine and took great pride in his service," Said Coloian. 

Stone was a graduate of Fisk University and earned a J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law.



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