Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Stephen Grimes, who died Friday at age 93, was honored Wednesday as he lay in state in the court’s rotunda. Chief Justice Charles Canady described Grimes, who served on the Supreme Court from 1987 to 1997, as a humble man who led the court to be among the first in the nation to have an online presence in the mid-1990s. “Though Justice Grimes was a man steeped in traditional ways, he recognized the need for change as this court approached the 21st Century,” Canady said. Grimes, who was appointed to the Supreme Court by former Governor Bob Martinez in 1987, served as chief justice from 1994 to 1996. Grimes received a law degree from the University of Florida in 1954 and worked for the Holland & Knight law firm before being appointed in 1973 to the 2nd District Court of Appeal, “He was committed to the concepts that we in the legal profession hold so dear: equal protection, due process, justice under law,” Canady said. “But he also recognized that justice should be tempered with mercy.” A funeral was scheduled later Wednesday in Tallahassee.

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