Arlin M. Adams, a former Third Circuit judge and contender for the U.S. Supreme Court, whose lengthy career touched all corners of the legal profession in Pennsylvania and beyond, died Tuesday morning at 94.

At various points of a life in the law that ran the gamut from public service to private practice, Adams was independent counsel to major investigations, trustee in the largest nonprofit bankruptcy case in history, a federal judge for almost two decades and three times was in consideration to be a justice of the nation’s highest court.

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