Donald Alexander, '67, Retires After Serving as Judge for 41 Years

This retiring judge once brought roosters into the courtroom in a case involving Janet Mills

Maine’s longest-serving judge spent his last day on the bench making sure defendants recently arrested in Kennebec County understood their rights.

That’s also how Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Donald G. Alexander spent his early days on the bench 41 years ago when he first became a District Court judge in 1978.

Judges and attorneys agreed that Alexander’s most lasting impact on Maine law is his book, the “Maine Jury Instruction Manual.” Jurors are expected to hear sections that book for decades to come as they complete their civic duty.

Alexander, 77, of Winthrop retired at the end of the day Friday after serving 41 years, one month and 26 days as a Maine judge. He was appointed to the Superior Court in 1980 and to the state’s high court 18 years later.

William Penn Whitehouse, the state’s second longest serving jurist, retired in 1913 after serving as a judge for 35 years, one month and 25 days.

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