|Joyce A. Karlin|
January 5, 1951 |
|Residence||Manhattan Beach, California|
|Other names||Joyce Fahey|
|Occupation||Lawyer, judge, politician|
Early life and education
Karlin was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Her father was a wealthy movie studio executive who was president of Warner Bros. International. During her childhood Karlin lived in several countries including Italy, Germany and Argentina. Her family moved to Chicago and Karlin received a degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1974.
Karlin was employed by defense attorneys in Chicago and Los Angeles. She served as an assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles. She presided over the case of former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agent, Darnell Garcia.
Karlin became a Superior Court judge in 1991 and that year presided over the controversial voluntary manslaughter case involving the Death of Latasha Harlins. Karlin's "light sentencing" was met with outrage and protest from the African American community and was a catalyst for the LA riots. The Los Angeles County District Attorney issued a "blanket affidavit policy", that disallowed Karlin from judging felony cases "involving violent crimes." In 1992, an effort to recall Karlin failed when she prevailed in the election primary. Karlin was elected in spring 1992 to California's Superior Court. She received 51% of the vote, defeating four other candidates.
In 1997 Karlin retired from her position as a judge. She was later elected a member of the Manhattan Beach, California city council for eight years and in 2002 served a rotation as mayor, per the system used for Manhattan Beach.
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- The Beach Reporter, July 30, 2008