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Judge in LA Store Shooting Case May Get Transfer

January 24, 1992

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A judge who has been an object of black protests since she sentenced a Korean woman to probation in the slaying of a black girl may be transferred to another court, a supervising jurist says.

There is a ″good possibility″ that Superior Court Judge Joyce A. Karlin will be moved from the bench in Compton as part of a general reorganization, Presiding Judge Ricardo A. Torres said Wednesday.

Ms. Karlin sentenced storekeeper Soon Ja Du to probation in the shooting death last year of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins.

Mrs. Du was convicted in November of voluntary manslaughter in the slaying. The shooting occurred after the two quarreled over an alleged shoplifting at Mrs. Du’s grocery store.

Ms. Karlin, 40, a former federal prosecutor appointed to the bench last summer, sentenced Mrs. Du to a 10-year suspended prison term, five years’ probation and 400 hours of community service, and fined her $500.

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