|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of California|
|Chief:||1983 - 1990|
|Preceded by:||Thomas MacBride|
|Succeeded by:||Morrison England|
|Past position:||Judge, Superior Court of California for Sacramento County|
|Law School:||Columbia Law School, 1958|
|Military service:||U.S. Army 1958-1960|
Lawrence Karlton was a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. He joined the court in 1979 after being nominated by President Jimmy Carter. Karlton then served on senior status and eventually retired from the bench on October 1, 2014.
- 1976-1979: Judge, Superior Court of California for Sacramento County
- 1962-1976: Attorney in private practice, Sacramento, California
- 1960-1962: Civilian legal officer, Army Depot of Sacramento, California
- 1958-1960: Active duty servicemember, U.S. Army
Eastern District of California
On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Alan Cranston, Karlton was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California by President Jimmy Carter on June 5, 1979, to a seat vacated by Thomas MacBride. Karlton was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 23, 1979, on a Senate vote and received commission on July 24, 1979. Karlton was succeeded in this position by Morrison England.
Farmer's case against U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over lost crop may proceed (2014)
In April 2014, Judge Karlton denied a motion to dismiss that was filed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) with regard to a suit brought by the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) on behalf of Duarte Nursery Inc. and its owner, John Duarte. In the complaint, the PLF alleged that Duarte's due process rights were violated by the Corps after the government agency issued a cease and desist letter that cost the farmer his wheat crop in 2013.
Salyer racketeering case (2013)United States District Court for the Eastern District of California (U.S. v. Salyer, S-10-061 LKK)
Judge Karlton was the presiding judge in a trial involving Frederick Scott Salyer, a tomato company executive, who was charged with racketeering and corruption. Salyer was freed on bail on March 25, 2010, after his attorneys requested that he be bailed out for proper preparation for the trial. As part of the bail agreement, Slayer surrendered his passport and pilot's license and underwent home detention. Salyer was sentenced to six years of prison time after reaching a plea bargain that brought the sentence down from the maximum of thirty years.
Valdivia v. Brown (2012)United States District Court for the Eastern District of California (Jerry Valdivia v. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., CIV. S-94-671 LKK/GGH)
In January 2012, Judge Karlton ruled that the parts of 2008 initiative ballot measure Proposition 9, also known as Marsy's Law, that governed the revocation of parole were unconstitutional.
- Sacramento Bee, "U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton to retire this year," April 4, 2014
- Federal Judicial Center, "Biography of Lawrence K. Karlton," accessed on August 6, 2014
- Sacramento Bee, "Judge orders indicted tomato executive Salyer freed on bail," March 26, 2010
- Sacramento Bee, "Tomato King Salyer gets 6 years in prison: 'My life is effectively over'," February 13, 2013
|Federal judicial offices|
|Eastern District of California
|Magistrate judges||Edmund Brennan • Greg Hollows • Dale A. Drozd • Craig Kellison • Gary Austin • Dennis Beck • Sandra Snyder • Stanley A. Boone • Allison Claire • Carolyn K. Delaney • Barbara A. McAuliffe • Kendall J. Newman • Sheila K. Oberto • Michael J. Seng • Jennifer L. Thurston •|
|Former Article III judges||
Edward Garcia • Lawrence Karlton • Myron Crocker • Robert Coyle • Frank Damrell • Oliver Wanger • Sherrill Halbert • David Levi • Thomas MacBride • Edward Price • Raul Ramirez • Milton Schwartz • Philip Wilkins •
|Former Chief judges|