DETROIT (AP) -- Patricia Boyle, a former federal judge and Michigan Supreme Court justice, has died. She was 76.
Jason Pernick says his mother died Monday due to respiratory failure while visiting a relative in Florida. Boyle had been living in Howell.
After just five years, Boyle left a lifetime appointment as a federal judge to become a state Supreme Court justice, a post she held for 15 years until retiring at the end of 1998.
Pernick tells the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/KZNygf) that Boyle joined the Supreme Court because she felt she could do more for the public.
Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. says Boyle brought a "sharp legal mind and profound integrity" to the Supreme Court. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says she was a "pioneer" for women lawyers.
Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com