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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of California|
|Active:||7/24/1979 - 5/28/2000|
|Chief:||1983 - 1990|
|Senior:||5/28/2000 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Thomas MacBride|
|Succeeded by:||Morrison England|
|Home State:||Brooklyn, NY|
|Law School:||Columbia Law School, J.D., 1958|
|Military service:||U.S. Army 1958 - 1960|
Lawrence Karlton is 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 is serving on senior status.
Early life and education
Karlton served on active duty in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960. Karlton was a Civilian Legal Officer for the Sacramento Army Depot from 1960 to 1962 before entering private practice in the State of California from 1962 to 1976. Karlton served as a Superior Court Judge in the Superior Court of California for Sacramento County from 1976 to 1979.
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.
A notable case on this page needs to be updated.
Tomato executive case
Judge Karlton is the preisiding judge in a trial involving a tomato company executive who is charged with racketeering and corruption.
Frederick Scott Slayer, was freed on bail on March 25, 2010, after attorneys felt that he needed to be bailed out for proper preparation of the trial with his attorneys. As part of the bail agreement, Slayer must surrender his passport and pilots license and must undergo home detention.
Valdivia v. Brown
In January of 2012, Karlton ruled that the parts of 2008 initiative ballot measure Proposition 9, also known as Marsy's Law, that govern the revocation of parole were unconstitutional. The ruling can be found here.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Eastern District of California
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