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OPINION
December 15, 1991
Your article on Judge Joyce Karlin's controversial sentence in the Du case says first that she "refused" and later that she "declined" to comment on her sentence (Dec. 9). Your readers should be told that it is improper and violates judicial ethics for a judge to comment about pending or impending cases. To state that she "refused" to comment leaves a false impression of uncooperativeness. Judge Karlin was correct in refusing to comment or explain. Judges must call their shots. JERRY PACHT Judge, Superior Court (retired)
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NEWS
April 27, 1997
I read Bettijane Levine's "Judging the Judges" (April 9) with great interest because I was one of the people that made a large part of it happen. I was the lawyer for the movement to recall Roderic Duncan, the divorce court judge in Alameda County. That movement involved hundreds and hundreds of men whom Duncan had sliced out of their children's lives and then hit with top child support just to rub salt in the open wound. There were church leaders, radio announcers, computer engineers--you name it--whom Duncan had taken delight in being brutal with.
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OPINION
March 8, 1992
Judge Karlin's sentence of probation for Soon Ja Du and the judge's reasons for the sentence are correct (Feb. 25). The opponents of Judge Karlin and Mrs. Du in South Los Angeles are racists. By appealing the sentence, Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner is playing to the mob for votes like the D.A. in Tom Wolfe's "The Bonfire of the Vanities." JAMES M. KALLIS, Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1997
Re Judge Joyce Karlin ("Judge Who Gave Probation in '91 Killing Quits," Feb. 11): I am an attorney at the Juvenile Dependency Court, where I represent abused and neglected children. For the past year I have had the privilege of practicing in Judge Karlin's courtroom. I found her to be professional, hard-working, thorough, intelligent and, most important, compassionate. As a minors attorney, I always appreciated the time Judge Karlin took to speak to the children and to explain her decisions.
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May 27, 1992 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not since Rose Bird has a sitting judge aroused such ire. Joyce A. Karlin, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge with just nine months on the bench, is in the final stretch of the most closely watched local judicial election since former California Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird and two associate justices were dumped in 1986.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1992
Members of an ad hoc lawyers committee and a local bar association Tuesday voiced support for the judge who sentenced a Korean-born grocer to probation for the shooting death of a black girl. "We are here to say the recall effort against Judge Joyce Karlin, and also the recall effort against (Presiding) Judge Ricardo Torres, are ill-conceived and must stop," said Gary Barr, president of the San Fernando Valley Bar Assn.
NEWS
November 21, 1993 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
In its second effort in as many years, the Latasha Harlins Justice Committee again failed to recall Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joyce Karlin when members were unable to garner enough signatures to put the measure on next spring's ballot. The Crenshaw-based committee failed to submit a petition containing the signatures of 266,000 registered Los Angeles County voters by the Nov. 4 deadline, according to Marcia Ventura of the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office.
NEWS
July 4, 1993 | ERIN J. AUBRY
To launch its second recall effort of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joyce Karlin in as many years, the Latasha Harlins Justice Committee staged a peaceful demonstration last week in front of the Monterey Park courthouse where Karlin is assigned. About 30 vocal committee members, waving placards with such slogans as "Karlin Step Down--Save the Taxpayers Money," gathered at the Edmund D.
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July 17, 1992 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The state Supreme Court, ending a divisive, racially charged legal battle, on Thursday let stand Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joyce A. Karlin's decision granting probation to a Korean-born grocer in the videotaped fatal shooting of a black teen-ager. In a brief order, the court refused to review an appellate ruling upholding the sentence issued by Karlin in November. The justices turned down an appeal by Los Angeles Dist. Atty.
OPINION
June 14, 1992
Judge Karlin keeps talking about a "vocal minority" trying to impose its view on a "larger majority of the community." What majority? The jury found the woman who killed Latasha Harlins guilty of voluntary manslaughter. It was Karlin's own racism that prompted her to rule that the life of a black child is worth not even one day in jail. I don't think most Americans expect their judges to be "politically correct." But we do expect them to be just. And if they're not just, they should be thrown out of the system that Karlin professes to promote.
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