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NRI Sanjay T. Kumar appointed as judge by California Governor

SILICON VALLEY, April 26, 2005
Santa Singh

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Sanjay T. Kumar, 40, as judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, who will have a salary of $139,784

Sanjay Kumar has served as a commissioner since 2001 and sits at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. He was previously a state deputy attorney general and successfully argued for the prosecution in defense of the murder convictions of Erik and Lyle Menendez.

He was also the state's appellate attorney in the securities-fraud prosecution of financier Charles Keating, whose convictions were overturned in a habeas corpus proceeding based on what the federal courts found to be flaws in the jury instructions.

Sanjay graduated Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University in Chicago and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, and was admitted to the State Bar in 1990. Before being made commissioner, he was a state criminal appeals attorney.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) said, "We are delighted to see that Governor Schwarzenegger's recent appointments strive to reflect the diversity of California and hope that our work together will continue to strengthen the judiciary in this way."

The judicial panel that reviewed commissioner applications four years ago ranked him as the No. 3 candidate among more than 200 who applied for the post.