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Detroit — Julian Abele Cook Jr., a retired Detroit federal judge, has died at age 86.

The court said Cook died Tuesday in Silver Spring, Maryland, his home in retirement. A cause wasn’t disclosed.

Cook was a judge for 36 years until September 2014. One of his last high-profile cases was the federal government’s oversight of the Detroit police department due to excessive force, illegal arrests and other problems.

Cook was in private law practice when President Jimmy Carter made him a judge in 1978.

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