Judge Jacqueline Connor Set to Retire Early Next Year
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Connor is set to retire from the bench on Feb. 21, a court spokesperson said yesterday.
She was said to be out of town and efforts to reach her for comment were unsuccessful.
Connor took the bench in 1986 after being tapped for the Los Angeles Municipal Court by then-Gov. George Deukmejian. She was elevated to the Superior Court two years later.
During her tenure, she made headlines when she presided over the criminal prosecution of three Los Angeles police officers from the Rampart anti-gang unit. The jury convicted the three, but Connor later overturned the verdict after ruling that her instructions resulted in unintentional juror misconduct.
She also garnered media attention during her time with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, where she handled the child molestation prosecution against James Meacham, the proprietor of a nursery school in Eagle Rock who was ultimately convicted of molesting 20 children over a 10-year period.
Connor joined the District Attorney’s Office—where she was co-founder and co-chair of the office’s Sexual Assault Committee—after earning undergraduate degrees in economics and international relations and in law from USC.
Her professional affiliations have included membership in the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Santa Monica Bar Association, California District Attorney’s Association, the State Advisory Committee for California Sexual Assault Services and Prevention, the Los Angeles Superior Court Grand and Trial Jurors Committee, and the court’s Executive Committee.
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