Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, September 5, 2012


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Judge Lew Has Second Operation to Relieve Pressure


By a MetNews Staff Writer


U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew had a second operation Friday to relieve pressure on his brain, a spokesperson at Bangkok Hospital Medical Center said.

The 70-year-old jurist first underwent surgery a month ago after being flown to Thailand from Cambodia, where he fell four feet while visiting the ruins of Angkor Wat.  

Lew’s doctor explained on Aug. 17 that the judge had a subdural hematoma, but said at the time that there was hope of avoiding a second operation through “conservative treatment.”

The MetNews has also learned that Lew had surgery a few days prior to Friday’s operation for a fracture of his right wrist and is in a cast up to his elbow. The fracture is expected to take about six weeks to heal.

Lew was appointed to the federal bench in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan, and took senior status in 2006.

He was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court by Gov. Jerry Brown in 1982 and elevated to the Los Angeles Superior Court by Gov. George Deukmejian in 1984.


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