This event will be a panel discussion on fascinating, challenging and famous cases experienced by a distinguished panel of lawmen. Moderating the panel will be Paul Bergman, Professor of Law Emeritus at UCLA, and author of numerous books including Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies (2nd ed., 2006) in which he writes of popular culture, movies, and the law.
One of the guest lawmen will be Gordon Levy, who served 25 years as Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles, and has written two books of historical fiction based on his personal experiences as a world traveler, public prosecutor, soldier, politician and practicing lawyer. He is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
The second guest lawman will be Don McCartin, venerable judge of the Orange County Superior Court, and the main character in Don Lassester’s book Perfect Justice .
During his career he sent nine convicted killers, including Rodney Alcala, to death row.
Our third guest lawman will be retired Sheriff Bryant Bates, author of True Tales of Outlaws & Rogues . Bates was a Merchant Seaman at 16, sailing aboard a tramp island steamer and later went into Naval Intelligence during World War II. As Sheriff his instruction to his deputies was always simple: "Find out who the bad guys are and go after them... Leave the good guys alone."
Sheriff Bates masterminded the search for the children of Chowchilla captured in the "Chowchilla Bus-nap" case. (booksense)