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Author Stevenson, Brenda E.

Title The contested murder of Latasha Harlins : justice, gender, and the origins of the LA riots / Brenda E. Stevenson.

Publication Info. Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press, [2013]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    345.794 STE    DUE 11-14-21
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Description xxxi, 411 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 'Tasha : the girl with the wonderful smile -- Soon Ja Du : "She had a good life in Korea" -- March 16, 1991 : not just another Saturday in South Central -- People v. Du : "I would dream of closing arguments" -- People v. Du : sentencing -- Whose fire this time? -- Epilogue : Justice?
Summary "In The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins, Brenda Stevenson tells the dramatic story of an earlier trial, a turning point on the road to the 1992 riot. On March 16, 1991, fifteen-year-old Latasha Harlins, an African American who lived locally, entered the Empire Liquor Market at 9172 South Figueroa Street in South Central Los Angeles. Behind the counter was a Korean woman named Soon Ja Du. Latasha walked to the refrigerator cases in the back, took a bottle of orange juice, put it in her backpack, and approached the cash register with two dollar bills in her hand-the price of the juice. Moments later she was face-down on the floor with a bullet hole in the back of her head, shot dead by Du. Joyce Karlin, a Jewish Superior Court judge appointed by Republican Governor Pete Wilson, presided over the resulting manslaughter trial. A jury convicted Du, but Karlin sentenced her only to probation, community service, and a $500 fine. The author meticulously reconstructs these events and their aftermath, showing how they set the stage for the explosion in 1992"
Subject Du, Soon Ja -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Harlins, Latasha -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Trials (Murder) -- California.
ISBN 9780199944576 (hbk. ; alk. paper)
0199944571 (hbk. ; alk. paper)
9780190231019 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0190231017 (pbk. ; alk. paper)

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