The mysterious circumstances around this Republican-appointed federal judge’s death will leave you with more questions than answers

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The U.S. court system is seeing more and more high-profile cases around the country.

Judges are under increasingly more pressure and struggling to stay above water.

And the mysterious circumstances around this Republican-appointed federal judge’s death will leave you with more questions than answers.

Serving as a judge since 2001

U.S. District Court Judge Larry Hicks died recently after being struck by a vehicle in Reno, Nevada.

The 80-year-old judge was appointed by former President George W. Bush, and was confirmed in 2001, according to local TV station KRNV-TV.

On May 29, Reno police were called to a vehicle-pedestrian incident near the Reno federal courthouse at about 2:15 p.m.

Reports said Judge Hicks was rushed to a local hospital, but ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

Police have said the driver of the vehicle that hit the judge is cooperating with their ongoing investigation.

According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, police do not believe that driver impairment was a reason for the deadly accident.

Before his time on the bench, Hicks was a former Washoe County District Attorney. 

He was also the father of current Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks.

KOLO-TV published the family’s statement about the Judge’s death.

“Today, our community lost an extraordinary man. Judge Larry Hicks was a deeply admired lawyer and judge, a devoted friend, mentor, and a committed servant to the administration of justice,” the statement read.

A devoted family man

“To us, he was first and foremost, a man who put nothing before family. He was a hero in all manners, a loving husband of nearly 59 years, a doting dad, an adoring Papa, and brother. His loss is beyond comprehension,” the statement added.

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam also issued a statement that was published by the Reno Gazette-Journal.

“Today’s news regarding the Honorable Judge Larry R. Hicks who served Nevada for over 53 years is tragic,” Sheriff Balaam wrote.

“Judge Hicks began his legal career in 1968 as a prosecutor in the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office, ultimately serving as the District Attorney from 1974 through 1978. In 1978, Hicks became a partner in a private practice until his 2001 appointment as a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Nevada,” he added. “Despite his notable accomplishments, Judge Hicks once stated, ‘My greatest thrill in life is my family.’ His life philosophy was based on a balance of family, work, and self.”

“Larry Hicks was a one of a kind man, revered in our community and, most importantly, beloved by his family. On behalf of my family and the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office, we extend our deepest condolences to Larry’s son Chris, the current District Attorney, and all of Larry’s family. Judge Hicks’ legacy will forever be noted in Washoe County,” the statement concluded.

And according to KOLO, Reno Police Chief Kathryn Nance said, “On the behalf of the men and women of the Reno Police Departments, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Judge Hicks.”

“Tragedies like this leave a lasting impact on our lives, particularly when they involve cherished members of our community,” Nance continued.

The death of Judge Hicks has left a big void, both in the Nevada court system and the Hicks family.

US Political Daily will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.