Federal appellate Judge Terrence Evans dies

By MICHAEL TARM | August 11, 2011 | 4:45 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals judge in Chicago has died after a serious respiratory illness.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Judge Terrence Evans died Wednesday. He was 71.

Evans was celebrated for injecting humor into his opinions and for eschewing legalese.

Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook said Evans died from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Easterbrook said Evans' decline in health was sudden and he had only recently been playing golf regularly.

Evans was born in Milwaukee, served much of his three decades as a federal judge in Wisconsin and continued to live in the state even after he President Bill Clinton nominated Evans to the appeals court in Chicago in 1995. Evans would come to Illinois when the appellate court was in session.