Pickett, 73, a judge for 20 years, presided over some of the state's most notorious cases. He sentenced Charles "Buck" [Tracey] Thurman to prison in the near-fatal beating of his wife. Lorne Acquin, convicted in what still stands as the largest mass murder in Connecticut after he killed a woman and eight children, stood before Pickett, too.
"He was a lawyer's lawyer," said Judge Howard J. Moraghan, the state's most senior Superior Court judge and one of Pickett's closest friends. "After he became a judge, he was a judge's judge."
Pickett, known as Jed to his friends, and Moraghan dreamed of ending their judicial careers with assignments in the same courthouse. Cancer claimed the tall and commanding Pickett, who retired in 1996, before that could happen. Pickett had served since his retirement as a judge trial referee.