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Tuesday, June 30, 2015


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Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Jan Pluim Dies at 71


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Jan Pluim has died at 71.

Presiding Judge Carolyn Kuhl informed the court’s judicial officers by email yesterday that Pluim had died Sunday morning.  Pluim had taken ill on vacation in late April, Kuhl said.

“He will be sorely missed by those of us who had the privilege of knowing him,” the presiding judge said, pointing to his nearly 25 years of service on the court, most recently in a civil individual calendar department in his native Pasadena.

Pluim’s family is planning a private funeral service in Northern California, Kuhl said.

A graduate of USC, where he majored in finance, and Loyola Law School, Pluim was a deputy Los Angeles county counsel from 1974 until then-Gov. George Deukmejian appointed him to the court as one of the outgoing chief executive’s last judicial appointments in January 1991.

Pluim’s uncle, Joseph Sprankle, served on the Pasadena Municipal Court and the Los Angeles Superior Court.


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