CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Patrick Casey, a former Kanawha County prosecutor and longtime circuit judge, died on Tuesday at the age of 85.
Casey served as circuit judge for more than 20 years, and served as prosecuting attorney for several years before that.
All state flags in Kanawha County were to be lowered to half-staff on March 5 and 6, according to a news release from the County Commission. The ceremonial courtroom in the courthouse will be draped with black fabric in his honor, the release states.
U.S. District Judge Irene Berger worked as an assistant prosecutor in Casey's courtroom for four years. She called him a mentor.
"He was very complimentary to all young lawyers and tried to instill confidence in us," Berger said.
When Berger was an attorney for West Virginia Legal Aid, she often appeared with clients in divorce cases before Casey.
"He knew that funding was being cut at Legal Aid and he said, 'I'm going to see what I can do about getting you a job with the prosecuting attorney's office,'" Berger recalled.
"I didn't expect anything to come of it. Within a matter of weeks I got the call ... went in for an interview and started in February of 1982."
Casey attended Berger's investiture as a federal judge in 2009.
"From our conversations, I think he had hoped for me to be on the bench before I was even thinking about it," she said.
Former Kanawha County prosecuting attorney Bill Forbes said he tried his first case in front of Casey.
"He was always the smartest guy in the room. He had incredible command of language and logic and had the power of the gavel," Forbes said. "It was his courtroom and he would take it over. He asked you the questions and he would end up getting you where he wanted you."