LOS ANGELES - Senior U.S. District Judge Robert J. Kelleher, 99, the oldest serving federal judge in the nation and once an important figure in U.S. tennis, has died in his Los Angeles home.
Announcement of Judge Kelleher's death Wednesday came from Chief Judge Audrey B. Collins of the Central District of California. "Judge Kelleher contributed to the life and history of the court and continued to handle cases well into his 90s," she said.
Among key cases he presided over was the late 1970s espionage trial of Christopher Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee. The case became the basis for a book and movie, The Falcon and the Snowman.