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Assistant Jefferson Co. prosecutor likes a 'good fight'

November 18, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Bernice Weinstein, a tough prosecutor who always liked a "good fight" in the courtroom, died Sunday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Jefferson County officials said Monday.

Weinstein died following a sudden onset of cancer, her colleagues said.

Weinstein worked as an Assistant Jefferson County Prosecutor for 121/2 years, initially handling juvenile cases then prosecuting misdemeanor cases, said Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober.

Weinstein was remembered Monday as a "no-nonsense" person who was not afraid to prosecute cases.

"I always thought of Bernice as a fighter. She liked a good fight," said Jesse Jones, chief deputy of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

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Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Michael D. Thompson said that when Weinstein vigorously prosecuted a case, she could be "feisty" and "combative."

"She will truly be missed by her friends," Boober said.

Weinstein was buried Monday afternoon at Gan Zikaron Memorial Park in Clarksburg, Md., and many county prosecutors, police and other officials attended the funeral.

Weinstein grew up in the Buffalo, N.Y., area and worked for the Veterans Administration before moving to Jefferson County, Thompson said.

Weinstein had a soft spot in her heart for animals and wanted any donations to go to the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County, Thompson said.

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