CENTREVILLE — Friends and family of the local judiciary gathered in the historic Centreville courthouse April 13 to honor the wisdom and service of the late Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court Judge John W. Sause Jr.

Sause, who died last November at the age of 88, commanded a legal career spanning over half a century. Admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1958, he began in the field as an assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore, where he grew up. The ensuing decades took him across the state and up its judicial ladder, from a law clerk in the Maryland Court of Appeals in the late 1950s to an assistant Maryland attorney general in the mid 1960s and then a public defender along the Mid-Shore counties throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. His final legal position before taking the bench was as the attorney to the QA Planning Commission and Department of Zoning in the late 1980s.


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