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Juvenile court judge dies

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2nd District Juvenile Court Judge Kathleen Nelson
2nd District Juvenile Court Judge Kathleen Nelson

FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) -- State court officials say 2nd District Court Juvenile Judge Kathleen M. Nelson has died as a result of injuries suffered in a fall. She was 58.

Utah State Courts spokeswoman Nancy Volmer says Nelson died Tuesday. Volmer declined to provide details of the accident, citing concern for the judge's family.

Nelson was the 2nd District's presiding juvenile court judge. She was appointed to the bench in 1998 by then-Gov. Michael Leavitt.

She has been credited with developing drug court for juveniles in the district and presided over the Weber County Family Drug Court and Delinquency Court.

Juvenile court executive Beani Martinez says Nelson had an unwavering passion for her job.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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