Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Clare Jupiter remained hospitalized Tuesday, but she is recovering five days after suffering a sudden medical problem while conducting a conference with lawyers in her courthouse office, Chief Judge Kern Reese said .
“She’s doing great. She’s awake, alert and convalescing,” Reese said Tuesday. “She’s recovering, improving.”
Jupiter, 62, has remained at Interim LSU Hospital since she was rushed there by ambulance on Thursday afternoon. A source said it appeared she’d had a heart attack, although Reese said that what happened still isn’t clear.
Jupiter won a second term unopposed this year for the Section E seat that she won in a runoff in 2011 over Nakisha Ervin-Knott. The seat became vacant when Judge Madeleine Landrieu moved to the state 4th Circuit Court of Appeal.
Before then, Jupiter was a private attorney best known for representing the Orleans Parish School Board.