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Court: California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Five

Appointed by: Governor Wilson, 1992

Born: January 21, 1929 in Austin, Texas

Education: BBA, University of Texas 1953; LLB, USC 1956

Law Practice: Private practice in Los Angeles (1957-88); Baker & McKenzie (1988-91)

Judicial Appointments: Los Angeles County Superior Court (1991-92); Second District Court of Appeal (1992-present)

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Marvin Cobb (11/17/98)
Justice Orville Armstrong is yet another coward and "good old boy" in the USC Trojan Family.  With a USC Law degree that's over 40 years old, Justice Armstrong singlehandedly changed California law so that USC could "win" its case against Marvin Cobb.  Armstrong literally had to reverse himself and over 80 years of consistent rulings by the California State Supreme Court, to deprive Cobb of his 1994 12-0 unanimous jury verdict award of $2.1 million for Breach of Contract. In his first opinion, Justice Armstrong ruled that USC's post trial motions for JNOV and New Trial were "premature and void" because they were filed before all of the issues of the case had been finally decided.  In the last opinion, Armstrong changed his mind and decided that USC could now prevail with those same void and premature motions.  Unlike his first opinion, Armstrong chose not to publish the final edition, knowing he had changed the law just for one man. We are all very sorry that Justice Armstrong was re-elected this year, very sorry.

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