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A Taylorsville justice court judge known for his advocacy for Asian Americans and criticisms of President Donald Trump died suddenly Tuesday.

The justice court judge was known for being an early adopter of drug courts, which favor rehabilitation over punitive measures for drug offenders and people who are caught driving drunk.

“We will sincerely miss Judge Kwan and all that he brought to the court,” Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson said in a statement Tuesday.

“Judge Kwan was a beloved friend and mentor,” said Taylorsville City Attorney Tracy S. Cowdell.

He served as pro tempore judge in 3rd District Court from 1996 to 1998, before presiding over the Taylorsville Justice Court.

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