Spokane County Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza dies - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza dies

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane County Superior Court presiding judge Salvatore "Sam" Cozza has died. He passed away Saturday evening.

Judge Cozza had recently taken a leave of absence because of a heart problem. Judge Cozza was re-elected in November.

Spokane County Judge Michael P. Price released the following statement:

It is with profound regret and sadness that I must inform you of the death of Judge Sam Cozza on Saturday, January 14th. As many of you know, Judge Cozza suffered a heart attack late last year and, unfortunately, never fully recovered.


Judge Cozza spent his entire adult life working selflessly for the citizens of Spokane County as a prosecuting attorney, District Court Judge, and finally as a member of the Superior Court bench. He was well known around the state for his extraordinary passion for justice and access
to the courts for all citizens. He served as a leader in our community on countless boards and committees, and most recently was elected Presiding Judge for Spokane County Superior Court.


For those of us who were lucky enough to know Judge Cozza, you came to appreciate his keen intellect and gentle and compassionate demeanor. If you were a friend, you knew you could count on Judge Cozza to be there for you no matter what. A few lucky friends might even receive an invitation from Judge Cozza to attend a Gonzaga basketball game to watch his beloved Zags…undoubtedly the only time any of us can remember seeing Judge Cozza ever
raise his voice.


Most importantly, Judge Cozza was a loving husband and father who cared above all for his family. Our hearts and prayers go out to them at this very difficult time.

The County Commission will appoint a successor to Cozza's seat after an application process. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police: Grandfather fatally shoots grandson in self-defense

    Police: Grandfather fatally shoots grandson in self-defense

    Tuesday, November 13 2018 1:32 PM EST2018-11-13 18:32:25 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) - Police say a 78-year-old Renton man fatally shot and killed his grandson in what police believe was an act of self-defense.    The Seattle Times reports police were called to a Renton home Saturday night, where a 26-year-old man had reportedly assaulted his mother, said Renton police Cmdr. Dave Leibman. 

    >>

    SEATTLE (AP) - Police say a 78-year-old Renton man fatally shot and killed his grandson in what police believe was an act of self-defense.    The Seattle Times reports police were called to a Renton home Saturday night, where a 26-year-old man had reportedly assaulted his mother, said Renton police Cmdr. Dave Leibman. 

    >>
  • Spokane congressional candidate starts petition to abolish 'safe storage' gun initiative

    Spokane congressional candidate starts petition to abolish 'safe storage' gun initiative

    Tuesday, November 13 2018 2:07 PM EST2018-11-13 19:07:28 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane congressional candidate has petitioned the White House to abolish the recently passed Initiative 1639. The initiative, passed by voters last week, is a sweeping package of stricter gun regulations, particularly semiautomatic rifles. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane congressional candidate has petitioned the White House to abolish the recently passed Initiative 1639. The initiative, passed by voters last week, is a sweeping package of stricter gun regulations, particularly semiautomatic rifles. 

    >>
  • Can you prank your mom? 'The 25 pound turkey challenge'

    Can you prank your mom? 'The 25 pound turkey challenge'

    Wednesday, December 21 2016 2:36 PM EST2016-12-21 19:36:25 GMT

    KHQ.COM - Most mothers can only hope by the time their children grow up and move out of the house, they've learned all the necessary things to be a successful adult, including the basic knowledge that a turkey must be cooked in an oven, or perhaps in a smoker... NOT in a microwave. For this reason a new prank-challenge going around on Facebook is resulting in some hilarious text conversations between mothers and their grown children.

    >>

    KHQ.COM - Most mothers can only hope by the time their children grow up and move out of the house, they've learned all the necessary things to be a successful adult, including the basic knowledge that a turkey must be cooked in an oven, or perhaps in a smoker... NOT in a microwave. For this reason a new prank-challenge going around on Facebook is resulting in some hilarious text conversations between mothers and their grown children.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • CVHS placed on precautionary lockdown after report of armed person in area

    CVHS placed on precautionary lockdown after report of armed person in area

    Wednesday, November 14 2018 2:41 PM EST2018-11-14 19:41:53 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Central Valley High School was placed on temporary lockdown Wednesday morning as a safety precaution due to report of an alleged armed person in the area. Spokane Valley Police and school resource deputies searched for a male who was reported to be walking near the school on Sullivan with a handgun.

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Central Valley High School was placed on temporary lockdown Wednesday morning as a safety precaution due to report of an alleged armed person in the area. Spokane Valley Police and school resource deputies searched for a male who was reported to be walking near the school on Sullivan with a handgun.

    >>
  • Washington unemployment rate drops to 4.3 percent

    Washington unemployment rate drops to 4.3 percent

    Wednesday, November 14 2018 2:07 PM EST2018-11-14 19:07:20 GMT

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - State officials say Washington's jobless rate dropped to 4.3 percent last month. According to numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department, the unemployment rate dipped slightly from September's 4.4 percent and the state also added 12,400 jobs in October.  

    >>

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - State officials say Washington's jobless rate dropped to 4.3 percent last month. According to numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department, the unemployment rate dipped slightly from September's 4.4 percent and the state also added 12,400 jobs in October.  

    >>
  • Spokane man goes missing during 49ers game

    Spokane man goes missing during 49ers game

    Wednesday, November 14 2018 1:23 PM EST2018-11-14 18:23:22 GMT

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Police in California are looking for a missing Spokane man who went missing during the San Francisco 49ers game Monday night.  32-year-old Ian Powers was last seen at the game with his family Monday night. He went to the restroom alone late in the game and hasn't been seen since, police told local media.  

    >>

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Police in California are looking for a missing Spokane man who went missing during the San Francisco 49ers game Monday night.  32-year-old Ian Powers was last seen at the game with his family Monday night. He went to the restroom alone late in the game and hasn't been seen since, police told local media.  

    >>