Albert W. Barney, Jr.
|The Honorable Albert W. Barney|
|Judicial seat||Elected to the Vermont Supreme Court in 1959|
|Predecessor||James Stuart Holden|
|Successor||Franklin S. Billings, Jr.|
|Born||October 23, 1920, St. Johnsbury, Vermont|
|Died||May 10, 2010, St. Johnsbury, Vermont|
|Other information||Presided over Vermont's last death penalty case|
Albert Wilkins Barney, Jr. (October 23, 1920 – May 10, 2010) was an American lawyer and judge. He became an associated justice of the Vermont Supreme Court in 1959. He became chief justice in 1974, and served until his retirement in 1982.
Early life and education
Barney was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont to Albert Wilkins Barney Sr. and Marion Bisbee Barney. He graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1938 and received his undergraduate degree from Yale University. During World War II, Barney served in the United States Navy. Barney owned a restaurant and received his law degree from the Harvard Law School.
State Supreme Court
In 1959, Barney was elected to the Vermont Supreme Court and in 1974, became chief justice. He retired from the bench in 1982.
Death penalty case
When Barney was a state court judge, he presided over the trial of Donald DeMag. Convicted and given a death sentence, Demag was the last person to be executed in the electric chair before the state abolished the death penalty.
In 1979, the American Judges Association presented Barney its Award of Merit which was given to a judge for outstanding contributions to the judiciary. This award is now called the Chief Justice Richard W. Holmes Award.
In 1997, Barney received the Dwayne B. Sherrer Alumni Distinguished Service Award from St. Johnsbury Academy.
In making any law work, it is necessary that it be accepted by the general public that this law is fair and necessary. ... The will of the people must be mixed into every decision of the court.
-Albert W. Barney, after being sworn in Chief Justice, 1974 
It's not a job, It's such a responsibility.
-Albert W. Barney, after retiring as Chief Justice, 1982 
James Stuart Holden
|Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court
Franklin S. Billings, Jr.
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- "The Caledonian-Record," May 13, 2010, obituary of Albert W. Barney
- Elizabeth Finn (May 13, 2010). "Vermont Loses Pioneer of Unified Judiciary Chief Justice Albert W. Barney, Chief Justice VT 1974 - 1982" (PDF). Caledonian-Record. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-18.
- "Awards". American Judges Association. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
- "Alumni Awards". St. Johnsbury Academy. 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-15.