Aspen judge hospitalized after mini-stroke
August 12, 2011
ASPEN – Ninth Judicial District Chief Judge James Boyd was hospitalized briefly this week after suffering what a court employee called “a mini-stroke.”
He is expected back at work on Monday.
Boyd, 56, said he was at home over the weekend of Aug. 6-7, and the stroke occurred while he was sleeping.
After a battery of tests at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, he said he is now on medication to prevent a recurrence and is expected to make a 100 percent recovery.
“They haven’t really diagnosed a cause,” he told the Glenwood Springs Post Independent on Friday. “I understand that, based on the possibilities of what might have happened, I’m pretty lucky.”
Boyd has been chief judge since 2006, when he was appointed to replace the late T. Peter Craven, who died of a heart attack while riding a bicycle.
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Boyd initially was appointed to the district court bench in 2002, to replace retiring Judge J.D. DeVilbiss. He had worked primarily in Pitkin County until last year, when Gail Nichols took his place.
Most of his time is spent in Garfield County District Court.