U.S. District Judge James A. Parker, who served more than 35 years on the federal bench, died Friday.

He was 85.

Parker, nominated to serve by President Reagan in 1987, assumed senior status in 2003 and continued to hear cases. According to a news release issued by the U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, he was one of the longest-serving judges in the history of the New Mexico district.

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