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Retired Judge Henning Dies Two Days After Reaching 80


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Retired Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John L. Henning has died, two days after his 80th birthday.

Henning abruptly informed the presiding judge’s office in August 2016, that he was leaving the bench, used up vacation time, and officially retired Sept. 8, 2016. He died Saturday.

He was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the Los Angeles Municipal Court on Jan. 22 1982, and elevated by Brown to the Superior Court on Jan. 2, 1983 (one day before Brown left office). Henning previously served two years as a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner.

The jurist attended St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco, graduating a year behind Brown. He once said of Brown to a reporter:

“Of course, he was much holier than I was, and he went on to the seminary and I went on more quickly to become a lawyer.”

Henning graduated from Hastings College of the Law in 1964, then traveled in Europe for six months. He was admitted to practice in 1966.

He served as a deputy Los Angeles public defender from 1966-69, and then went into private practice.

Information on services was not immediately available yesterday.


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