First Latino justice on California’s high court dies at 90

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OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Cruz Reynoso, a son of migrant workers who worked in the fields as a child and went on to become the first Latino state Supreme Court justice in California history, has died. He was 90.

His family said he died Friday at an elder care facility in Oroville. The cause of death was not disclosed.

In a legal career that spanned six decades, Reynoso played a vital role in the movement to uplift farmworkers in California, mostly farmworkers from Mexico like his parents, and guided many minority students toward the law.

He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton in 2000 for his contributions.

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