HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut judge and state public safety Commissioner Arthur Spada, who rooted out police corruption as a one-person grand jury in the 1990s, has died. He was 85.
Spada died Thursday according to his obituary . The cause was not disclosed. The death was confirmed by the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel.
The Hartford native was nominated as a judge by Democratic Gov. Ella Grasso in 1977. His corruption probe led to the arrests of eight police officers.
He was named public safety commissioner by Republican Gov. John Rowland in 2000 and drew criticism for personally stopping speeding motorists.
He was among several state agency commissioners to resign in 2004 at the request of Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell, after Rowland resigned amid a corruption probe.
His funeral is Thursday in West Hartford.