Lawrence Karlton

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Lawrence Karlton
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Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
Title:   Former judge
Position:   Seat #2
Active:   07/24/1979-05/28/2000
Chief:   1983 - 1990
Senior:   05/28/2000-10/1/2014
Preceded by:   Thomas MacBride
Succeeded by:   Morrison England
Past position:   Judge, Superior Court of California for Sacramento County
Past term:   1976-1979
Personal History
Born:   1935
Hometown:   Brooklyn, NY
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.[1]


Born in Brooklyn, New York, Karlton graduated from Columbia Law School with his J.D. degree in 1958.[2]

Professional career

Judicial career

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.[2] Karlton was succeeded in this position by Morrison England.

Notable cases

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.[3] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Thomas MacBride
Eastern District of California
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
Morrison England