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Judge Benny Osorio Slates Nov. 14 Retirement From Los Angeles Superior Court


By a MetNews Staff Writer



Los Angeles Superior Court Judge

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Benny C. Osorio said yesterday he will be retiring on Nov. 14.

That date, he noted, “will be the 10 year anniversary of my tenure on the bench.”

Osorio was appointed to the bench by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008. He was last reelected in November 2016, when he ran unopposed.

That same month, Osorio was kidnapped and held for ransom while on a trip to Cartagena, Colombia with the Mexican American Bar Association, with captors demanding $33,000 in ransom. He was safely rescued by Colombian anti-kidnapping agents, prompting a Nov. 16 statement by then-Presiding Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl saying the court was “relieved that a very frightening and threatening incident involving our colleague, Judge Benny now successfully resolved.”

Osorio obtained his J.D. from Georgetown, and was admitted to the State Bar in 1993. Prior to becoming a judge, he was a deputy district attorney for 13 years.

In 1994-1995, he was a sole practitioner.

The jurist reflected yesterday:

“These past 10 years have encompassed the most enjoyable, challenging and fulfilling moments in my legal career. I will miss the daily interactions with my colleagues who are among the best and brightest people I know.

“One of my fondest memories comes from the good-natured back and forth banter in the judge’s lunchroom at the Mosk Courthouse. I will also miss all the people who keep our court operations running smoothly—the court staff, the clerk’s office, the security personnel, and the maintenance and custodial employees.”

One attorney commenting on Osorio, on the Robing Room website ,observed:

“Extremely sharp judge. Very personable. If he were a doctor, I would give him a 10 for good bed manners. Don’t try to fool him. Nothing escapes his vigilance.

“Abides by the law. Period.”

Two other lawyers commented on him, both favorably.


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