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THE CRIMINAL COURTS BAR ASSOCIATION WELCOMES ....
EDWARD A. RUCKER, Attorney and Author
"Sentencing Reform-Convincing Judges and
Prosecutors to Consider the Economic Burden"
For decades, Ed. Rucker was one of our most prominent criminal defense
lawyers. He represented numerous high-profile clients, including John
Orr, the greatest serial arsonist in American history, a trial memorialized in
Fire Lover by Joseph Wambaugh; Laurianne Sconce, . the matriarch of the Lamb Funeral
Home, whose trial was the subect of
Ashes by James Joseph; Eddie Nash, a prominent nightclub owner portrayed in
Boogie Nights; and William Harris, the SLA member who kidnaped Patty Hearst.
Bobby Earl novels have been praised for their authenticity and gripping suspense.
His latest novel,
Justice Makes A Killing (Chickadee Prince Books/Amazon) is already being acclaimed: "A thoroughly
enjoyable page-turner . . . The classic courtroom drama at the heart of
this story is perfectly orchestrated, and the seemingly impossibly odds
makes Earl's masterful handling of evidence, witnesses, opposing counsel,
the jury, and the judge wonderfully satisfying to read."
Rucker's research for this novel required him to explore how California's
prison guard union has single-handedly shaped our sentencing laws for
their own economic self-interest. Their ally in this effort has been the
state private prison industry whose profit motive has shaped prisons into
revolving door warehouses. The economic burden these forces have placed
upon the taxpayers is generally unknown, seldom considered by judges and
prosecutors during sentencing. Bringing these truths out may benefit our
clients who can be effectively punished with far lesser time than that
tfrequently urged and imposed upon society by the prison industry forces.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
Cocktails/Reception at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner Meeting begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.
NOTE - NEW DINNER PRICES ....
$35 per person for current PAID CCBA members, current PAID preferred sponsors,
and all active judicial officers;
$45 per person for all others.
(checks, cash or credit cards accepted at door;
checks payable to "Criminal Courts Bar Association")
Taix French Restaurant
1911 Sunset Blvd (just east of Alvarado St)
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Map to location
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or contact Alex Mulraney at 626-577-5005.
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AND PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON HERE AT "SEE EVENTS"
Our 2020 Criminal Courts Bar Association 67th Annual Awards Dinner
will take place Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the
Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles
(This early announcment is being released so that you can mark
your calendar and save the date)
Further details will be released when available ....
Please direct any questions to our 2020 President-Elect,
Mark Khalaf, at
Victor M. Salerno,
2019 CCBA President
I am very happy, honored, and excited to welcome all of you to the Criminal
Courts Bar Association. As judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, courtroom
assistants, journalists, law enforcement and probation officers, we all
play important roles in making the justice system operate as smoothly
and fairly as possible. It is no easy task! Often we hear about shortcomings,
criticisms , and failures. In my view however there is a very deserved
sense of pride, satisfaction, and esteem, which everyone of us share in
our mutual commitment to do the best we can to serve the People of the
County of Los Angeles and State of California. Justice is served every
day in our courthouses and courtrooms, and often with little or no fanfare .
I served with the Los Angeles County Public Defender from 1979 through
1988, when I left as a Deputy IV to enter private practice . I moved up
the street from the 19th floor of the CCB (Now the Clara Shortridge Foltz
Criminal Justice Center) to the Promenade West Building on First Street,
where I have "officed" ever since.
I am lucky and blessed to still enjoy my occupation as a trial lawyer,
and to be in good health and of (arguably) sound mind such that I am able
to effectively represent clients in the courtroom! But my greatest pleasure
is the daily exposure to all of you and those who I see in the courtrooms
and courthouses across the county; the comradery, companionship, exchange
of pleasantries, and mutual respect with which we perform our different
services and make it through the day. I believe in zealous, passionate
representation of my clients, but seek to do so with grace, understanding
of the opposing viewpoint, and respect for the Court and all its officers
who serve like me.
The Criminal Courts Bar Association is comprised of many defense practitioners,
but is open to judges, prosecutors, investigators, and anyone who works
in the justice system. Our monthly dinner night meetings provide informative
and entertaining MCLE programs, as well as great food and a relaxed, friendly
Thank you all for attending our meetings and events and I hope to see you soon.