David Sills, the former presiding justice of the 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana who also served as mayor of Irvine, has died.
Sills succumbed to cancer last week. He was 73.
"Presiding Justice Sills led a remarkable life," Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said in a prepared statement. "He was an acclaimed jurist, a courageous veteran, a respected mayor and an exemplary branch leader. I send my thoughts and prayers to his family."
Sills, born and raised in Illinois, was appointed to the state Court of Appeal bench by Gov. George Deukmejian in 1990.
In the last few years, Sills ruled on some of the biggest cases to come through Newport-Mesa.
He sided with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles in a property-rights case with a Newport Beach congregation, nullified the sale of KOCE in 2006 and upheld the conviction and sentence for a Newport Beach teen and his two friends who recorded themselves sexually assaulting a high school girl.