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Wednesday, January 30, 2013


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Superior Court Judge Dudley Gray to Retire Next Month


By a MetNews Staff Writer


After 23 years on the bench, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dudley Gray will retire from Los Angeles Superior Court effective Feb. 19.

Gray’s final day on the bench was Dec. 31.  Gray’s most recent assignment was in Department M of the Torrance Courthouse.

Gray, 60, was appointed to the South Bay Municipal Court in January 1990 by then-Gov. George Deukmejian.  He was presiding judge in 1992 and assistant presiding judge in 1991 and from 1993 to 1995 and made a Superior Court judge through unification in 2000.

Before assuming the bench, Gray was a lawyer at Gray, Gray and Gray in Torrance, at which he partnered with his father and brother.  He was a member of both the California and Idaho bars.

He received his law degree from the University of Idaho and an undergraduate degree in English from the College of Idaho. 

Gray made headlines last year when he overturned a holding of Court Commissioner Douglas Carnahan, who is himself retiring effective March 28, in a small claims case brought by Heather Peters, who alleged that her Honda hybrid got 30 miles per gallon rather than the 50 mpg the company advertised.

Carnahan awarded Peters $9,867, but Gray, hearing the case de novo, ruled for the defendant. According to news accounts, Gray said in his decision that mileage estimates were for comparison shopping among vehicles only, and that Honda had complied with Environmental Protection Agency and Federal Trade Commission regulations.


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