Judge John Einhorn retiring after 18 years on San Diego Superior Court bench
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – After 18 years on the bench, San Diego Superior Court
Judge John Einhorn is retiring, effective Aug. 31, court officials announced
Einhorn, appointed in 1995 by then-Gov. Pete Wilson, presided over many
of San Diego County's most difficult cases, including the Joshua Jenkins murder
case in which Jenkins, a minor, was found sane and convicted of killing five
Einhorn was also the judge who handled the death penalty case of Brandon
Wilson, who was convicted in the 1998 slaying of a 9-year-old boy in Oceanside.
More recently, Einhorn presided over the case involving the so-called
“Birdrock Bandits,” in which five La Jolla men were held criminally
responsible for their roles in the beating and death of surfer Emery Kauanui.
“Retiring from the Superior Court is the most difficult decision made
in my legal career,” Einhorn said. “However, it is now time to move on to new
Einhorn plans to become involved in civic and philanthropic
associations. He said he would like to give back to the California and San
Diego communities, which he served while practicing law and with which he
engaged as a Supervising Superior Court Judge.
Einhorn said he also hopes to play a few more rounds of golf in his
During his legal tenure, Einhorn was an adjunct professor of law at the
University of San Diego and Cal Western, where he taught a Trial Practices
“Serving as an ombudsman was a unique, challenging and rewarding
assignment,” the judge said. “Mentoring lawyers and judges was one good way
to give back to the legal community and brought me a unique source of
satisfaction that I may pursue in the future.”
Einhorn served a two-year term as assistant presiding judge of the
Superior Court and another two years as presiding judge. He was the first
supervising judge of a unified San Diego Superior Court.
“Judge Einhorn served our court with distinction as a consummate trial
judge,” said current Presiding Judge Robert Trentacosta. “He handled the most
challenging cases with enthusiasm, skill and expertise. He will be sorely
missed by all of us.”