Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Thursday, January 14, 2010


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Judge Cooper Said to Be Seriously Ill


By a MetNews Staff Writer


U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper is in a Santa Monica hospital and is seriously ill, a judicial colleague told the MetNews.

Cooper, 69, has been receiving treatment for lymphoma at St. John’s Hospital and suffered a stroke, the source said. She is in intensive care and is not receiving visitors outside of her family, the source added, suggesting that well-wishers send cards instead.

Cooper notified officials last April that she planned to retire in March 15 of this year after 26 years on the bench, including 10 years on the district court.

Cooper was a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner from 1983 to 1990, a Los Angeles Municipal Court judge from 1990 to 1992, and a Superior Court judge from 1992 to 2000, when she was  appointed to the federal bench by President Bill Clinton.


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