A New York federal bankruptcy judge who has presided over the Bernard Madoff bankruptcy case for the past five years has died. He was 84.

Burton R. Lifland died Sunday after a brief illness, Clerk of Court Vito Genna announced on Monday.

Lifland was the former chief bankruptcy judge in Manhattan and former chief judge of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.

Appointed in 1980, he was a 1951 graduate of Syracuse University and a 1954 graduate of the Fordham University School of Law.

Other cases he oversaw included Johns-Manville, Eastern Airlines, Singer, Bethlehem Steel Corp and Bear Stearns Structured Funds.

Stephen Harbeck, president of the Securities Investor Protection Corp., called Lifland an "extraordinary jurist" with an encyclopedic knowledge of law.

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The SIPC played a role in the Madoff case.

-- AP