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Jul 15, 2014 5:05 PM by Zoe Tan

Federal Judge John V. Parker dies

U.S. District Judge John V. Parker, who has been a senior judge in Louisiana's Middle District since 1998, has died.

Clerk of Court Michael McConnell on Tuesday confirmed that Parker died Monday. McConnell did not know details of his death. He was 85.

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter nominated Parker for the federal bench and he served as chief judge from then until 1998, when he took senior status.

The Advocate reports Parker is likely best known for overseeing a divisive East Baton Rouge Parish schools desegregation lawsuit filed in 1956 on behalf of 37 black children. The lawsuit officially ended in 2007.

Before his federal appointment, Parker worked as an assistant parish attorney, had a private practice and served in the U.S. Army.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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