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Berrien County Judge John Dewane, pictured in 2012, was a strong advocate for changes in the jury management system. Dewane died Thursday at age 81.

ST. JOSEPH — People who worked with former Berrien County Circuit Court Judge John Dewane said he will be greatly missed in the legal community and the community at large.

Dewane, 81, died Thursday morning as colleagues learned in a message from the Berrien County Bar Association. Details surrounding his death were not immediately available.

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