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Lawrence K. Karlton, JD Biography

Title:
Judge of the U.S. District Court of Eastern District of California
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“Because this court is bound by the Ninth Circuit’s holding in [Newdow v. U.S. Congress], it follows that the school districts’ policies violate the Establishment Clause.”

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California ruling, Sep. 14, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Assumed senior status for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2000
  • Served as chief judge for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1983-1990
  • Confirmed by the Senate for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1979
  • Nominated by Jimmy Carter for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1979
  • Judge, Superior Court of California, Sacramento County, 1976-1979
  • Private practice, Sacramento, California, 1962-1976
  • Civilian legal officer, Sacramento Army Depot, 1960-1962
  • U.S. Army, 1958-1960
Education:
  • JD, Columbia Law School, 1958
Other:
  • Ruled the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional, citing earlier 9th Circuit Decision, Sep. 14, 2005