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LASC Judges Marcus, Sinanian to Retire


By a MetNews Staff Writer



Superior Court judge


Superior Court judge



Two Los Angeles Superior Court judges—Stephen A. Marcus and Zaven V. Sinanian—are nearing retirement from the bench.

Marcus will depart from his post on June 28, officially retiring on Aug. 9 after using earned vacation days.  Sinanian’s last actual day on the bench and his official retirement date are both July 7.

Judge H. Chester Horn Jr., as previously reported, left the bench on Friday and has an official retirement date of Aug. 1.

Marcus’s Background

Marcus received his law degree from Boston University in 1975. His first job was working in the Office of New York State Prosecutor, from 1975-77, then becoming a deputy district attorney in Suffolks County, New York (1977-78), a New York deputy attorney general (1978-81), and a deputy Los Angeles city attorney (1981-82).

He was a deputy Los Angeles district attorney from 1982-89. His assignments included serving in the Hard Core Gangs and Major Narcotics units.

Gov. George Deukmejian on May 17, 1989, appointed him to the Los Angeles Municipal Court. At the time, Marcus was a commissioner of that court, having served as such since April 1 of that year.

Marcus was instrumental in founding the “Drug Court” and in 1994, became the first judge to preside over that court.

In 1996, he ran unsuccessfully for a Los Angeles Superior Court open seat, coming in third in the primary. He became a Superior Court judge in 2000 through court unification, and continued to preside over drug cases.

The Criminal Justice Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 2013 named him “Judge of the Year.”

Sinanian’s Appointment

Sinanian was appointed by Gov. Gray Davis on June 5, 2002. He graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1987.

In 1989, he became a deputy attorney general, in which capacity he remained until his appointment to the bench, although he took a sabbatical in 1992 to assist the Armenian government in establishing its Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Sinanian received recognition at the Armenian Bar Association’s annual Judges Night Gala in 2015.


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