Senior U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin is in serious condition in Millard Fillmore Hospital after suffering a stroke Monday, court officials said.
The stroke hit the 83-year-old judge nine days after he suffered a minor heart attack while attending a legal conference in La Jolla, Calif.
Curtin, who was appointed in 1967, is the region's longest-tenured federal judge. He became a senior, or semi-retired, judge in 1989.
Doctors have told Curtin's family that, while listed in serious condition, he is "recovering nicely" from the stroke. The judge is able to speak, court officials said Wednesday.