A prominent criminal defense attorney, who served the Alaska Public Defender Agency in Juneau for 26 years, has died.
Robert Francis Meachum died Tuesday from a combination of a heart attack and stroke, according to family members. He was 57.
Meachum worked as an assistant public defender in Juneau from 1986 until last January, when he transferred to the Dillingham office.
Originally from Michigan, Meachum came to Alaska as a second-year law student in 1979 for an internship at the public defender’s office in Anchorage.