Leo Terrell

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Leo James Terrell (born February 1, 1955)[1] is an American civil rights attorney and talk radio host based in Los Angeles, California.

Education[edit]

Terrell graduated from Gardena High School of Harbor Gateway, Los Angeles in 1972[2] and California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1977 with a BA[3] and taught high school history, geography, and economics. He holds a master's degree in education from Pepperdine University and holds a law degree from the UCLA School of Law.[4]

Radio career[edit]

With former Los Angeles Superior Court judge Burton Katz, Terrell co-hosted the weekday talk show Terrell & Katz that debuted on June 3, 1996 on KMPC radio in Los Angeles. Terrell & Katz was a point-counterpoint program with Terrell as the liberal voice and Katz the conservative.[5][6] Starting October 5, 1996, Terrell and Katz moved to weekends on KABC.[7] Terrell continued to host a weekend legal show on KABC until August 15, 2010 and continues to be a recurring guest host for KABC's The Peter Tilden Show.[8]

Legal career[edit]

On December 4, 1990, Terrell became a member of the California Bar.[9]

He was the Chairman of the Black-Korean Alliance, an Advisory Board Member for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and a member of the Statewide Commission Against Hate Crimes.[4] Terrell wrote the book Your Rights at the Workplace--The Things Your Boss Won't Tell You in 1998.[10]

Terrell became a member of the NAACP in 1990 and did pro bono legal work for the organization. After Terrell expressed support for Carolyn Kuhl, a judge nominated by President George W. Bush to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit whose nomination was filibustered in the U.S. Senate, Terrell left the NAACP and accused the organization of "bullying" him out. NAACP Washington, D.C. office director Hilary O. Shelton responded: "He’s not an NAACP lawyer, not even a former NAACP lawyer. He’s done volunteer work for us, which we appreciate. But when he takes a position that is diametrically opposite from our position, he’s not speaking for us."[11]

Terrell has provided legal and political commentary on TV and radio programs such as Nightline, Larry King Live, Hannity & Colmes, The O'Reilly Factor, Today, Good Morning America, and various radio programs.[4] A family friend of O. J. Simpson, Terrell provided expert legal commentary about Simpson's civil trial.[12][13]

In 2003, Terrell ran for the seat of District 10 on the Los Angeles City Council and came in fifth place among seven candidates.[14]

Notable cases[edit]

In 1995, Terrell represented Kumasi Simmons, a former football player from Centennial High School in Compton expelled for hitting a referee. Simmons accused the referee of using racial epithets.[15][16] Terrell accused the Beverly Hills Police Department of intimidating witnesses who could back up Simmons's claim.[17]

In 1999, Terrell called on the Los Angeles police commission to hear witnesses who claimed that a homeless woman, Margaret Laverne Mitchell, was running when police officers shot her.[18]

In 2012, Terrell called for an investigation of misconduct by trainees of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ California birth index search
  2. ^ "BOYS' LEAGUE PRESENTS 6TH ANNUAL CAR SHOW - BOY POWER ... 400 STRONG". 72GHS.com. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Distinguished Alumni". CSU Dominguez Hills. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Leo James Terrell - Bio". TalkRadio 790 KABC-AM. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  5. ^ "TV/radio". Los Angeles Times. June 3, 1996. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ Jones, Robert A. (September 25, 1996). "The CIA, Drugs and the Divide". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Television/radio". Los Angeles Times. October 1, 1996. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Leo Terrell podcast". KABC-AM. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  9. ^ Leo James Terrell "Leo James Terrell - #149693". State Bar of California. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Working rights". Black Enterprise. December 1, 1998. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  11. ^ Hurt, Charles (August 7, 2003). "Civil rights lawyer quits NAACP in rift over judge pick". The Washington Times. Archived from the original on December 19, 2005. 
  12. ^ "Can O.J. Simpson win again?", Jet 89 (15), February 26, 1996: 55 
  13. ^ Price, Richard, and Holland, Gale (February 11, 1997). "Among O.J.'s options: Evasion". USA Today. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  14. ^ "City of Los Angeles, Party Nominating & Consolidated Election, Official election results, March 4, 2003". City of Los Angeles. March 17, 2003. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  15. ^ Hodges, Jim (November 1, 1995). "Simmons 'Terminated' From School District". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  16. ^ Shepard, Eric (December 7, 1995). "'Whitewash' Charge in CIF Probe". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  17. ^ Associated Press (November 4, 1995). "Lawyer Claims Police Tried To Bully High-School Player". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  18. ^ Browne, Phillip W. (December 8, 1999). "Doubt cast on report of shooting suspect". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  19. ^ Moore, Corey (January 10, 2012). "Civil rights attorney calls on LA County authorities to investigate officer misconduct". KPCC. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Terrell, Leo James (1998). Your Rights at the Workplace: The Things Your Boss Won't Tell You. Los Angeles, California: Leo Terrell Enterprises. ISBN 0966582802. 

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