Ralph Cappy

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Ralph J. Cappy
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
In office
2003–2008
Preceded by John P. Flaherty Jr.
Succeeded by Ronald D. Castille
Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
In office
1990–2003
Personal details
Born August 25, 1943
Died May 1, 2009(2009-05-01) (aged 65)
Green Tree, Pennsylvania
Spouse(s) Janet Cappy
Alma mater University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Ralph J. Cappy (August 25, 1943 – May 1, 2009) was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from 1990 to 1998 and Chief Justice of the Court from 1998 to 2008.

Prior to joining the state Supreme Court, Cappy was named to the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in 1978 and served as administrative judge of the civil division from 1986 to 1990. After leaving the Court in January 2008, he joined the law firm of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney and practiced commercial litigation. He also served as chairman of the board of trustees at his alma mater the University of Pittsburgh.

Cappy died at his Green Tree home on May 1, 2009 at age 65.[1][2]

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