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R. Porter Murry

University of Arizona Law,
class of 1939

State Bar of Arizona
member since 1940

Featured Case:
State v. Murry
102 Ariz.184 (1967) 427 P.2d 135

(b.1912 - d.1998) R. Porter Murry was born in Clovis, New Mexico in 1912. After attending the Missouri School of Mines, Murry traveled to Arizona to work at a mine in Payson where he was severely injured. It took one and a half years of recovery before he was able to attend the University of Arizona Law School in 1936. Upon graduating with an L.L.B. in 1939, he moved to Clifton, Arizona. 

Porter Murry served as Greenlee County Attorney for six years before being elected to the Greenlee County Superior Court in 1950. In his twenty years on the bench, Judge Murry supervised the proper functioning of the judicial system in his county and was called to help on cases in every other county in the state. Even after his retirement in 1970, Murry continued to serve by sitting in on cases from the Superior, Appellate an Supreme Courts until the late 1980s. 


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Interviewed by Stephen Barclay in 1991.

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