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Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 162

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Caree Annette Harper

Attorney/Radio Producer
312,645 votes (19.98%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure that everyone is heard, and make sure that all litigants have due process in an efficiently ran courtroom.
  • To be fair and impartial and also maintain the appearance of fairness & impartiality.
  • To treat everyone with dignity and respect.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Civil Rights Attorney/ Segment producer on radio.
Law Offices of Caree Harper, Self/ Business Owner (2002–current)
Segment Producer, Stevie Wonder’s KJLH Radio station (2018–current)

Education

Thomas Jefferson School of Law (formerly Western State) Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Law (2001)

Community Activities

Bill of Rights education to High School Students, ACLU (2019–current)

Biography

Referred to as a "Warrior Angel" by the editor of Pasadena Weekly, Caree Annette Harper has successfully served the community as a decorated police officer, a get-out-the-vote advocate, a civil rights attorney and a segment producer at Stevie Wonder's KJLH radio station on The FrontPage show with Dominique DiPrima where she educates and updates the community on various legal, political and community concerns.  Caree has won millions of dollars for clients who have been victims of excessive force.

Caree was born in a small town in Indiana and raised separately by her mother, father and grandmother in Indiana, Wisconsin, New Jersey and California, respectively.   At a young age, Caree's mother moved them to Los Angeles where her mother started a career with a major airline.  Her father retired in the midwest after teaching special needs students for over 30 years.  As the eldest child in the family, Caree grew up as a natural nurturer and protector which accounts for her selection of careers.  Caree started her college studies at San Diego State at age 17, but the call of duty to serve and protect pushed her to enter a Bay Area Police Academy two years later. 

Police Duty                                                                                                                                                                                         

Caree excelled in the academy and was well-liked by her peers. She was elected Vice-President of the class and graduated number one in "weaponless defense".   While serving the community she was honored with a “Lifesaving Medal” after diving into a canal to rescue a submerged driver.  Caree performed lifesaving CPR and the victim was airlifted to safety where he made a full recovery.  Caree was injured in the line of duty and the police department sent her to school to be re-trained in another career.  She completed an ABA certified Paralegal course at Saint Mary's College in Moraga while simultaneously working towards her Bachelors degree. 

Taekwondo Philosophy                                                                                                                                                                         After Caree was injured as a peace officer, she used Taekwondo as physical therapy.  She earned a Black/Red belt and won a Silver medal in the California State Taekwondo Games. Although Black belt testing gave way to law school, Caree still incorporates the philosophical tenets of the practice: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit. Practitioners are taught to be a champion of freedom and justice and to help build a more peaceful world.

Caree has spent her life devoted to civic-minded activity.  She has delivered Meals on Wheels, coached Special Olympics and been a mentor to troubled youths.  While in law school, Caree coordinated an event as vice-president of a student organization which featured Dr. Terrence Roberts of the "Little Rock Nine".   She used the theme: "Nine children went in, but nine HEROES emerged..." and the event proved to be a success. 

 Civil Rights Attorney/ Criminal defense attorney

Caree Harper has achieved impressive results as an attorney. She has federal & state court jury trial experience in both criminal cases and civil rights cases. She represents victims and survivors of excessive force who are beaten up or killed on the way to jail.  If they survive the contact she represents them in State criminal court and sues in federal district court if the circumstances merit it.  Ms. Harper has successfully argued for a reversal in a major federal civil rights action before a three judge panel in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She won Congressional honors and the Shirley Fields Volunteer Award for dedicating 50 percent of her time to pro bono legal services to underserved communities.

In 2008, Caree was one of hundreds of California attorneys dispatched to various battleground states in the country to oversee the polls. She went to Nevada for the historic election of President Barack Obama and was directly responsible for the calculation of dozens of ballots of voters who were initially turned away for unconstitutional reasons. 

In 2012, she actively registered voters. That same year she represented the family of Kendrec McDade, an unarmed 19 year old shot and killed by Pasadena PD, in which the City paid over million dollars to settle the case.

 In 2014, a grandmother, Marlene Pinnock, was beaten by a California Highway Patrol officer near the 10 freeway.  A videotape of the incident was captured by a passing motorist. Ms. Harper obtained a $1.5 million settlement for her client- one of the largest settlements in C.H.P. history.  Precedent was also set in the C.H.P. beating case when the terms of the officers' termination was part of the Settlement Agreement.

*One unknown fact about Caree and the freeway beating case is that after receiving her fees in that case in December 2014, Caree donated 10 percent of her earnings to churches locally and throughtout the country who have programs to help homeless/ houseless people, suicidal people and former inmates re-entering society.  This candidate with a heart of gold  gives new meaning to being a "people person".

In another CHP excessive force case, Ms. Harper's cross-examination of the lead defendant led to a $500,000.00 jury award (Mariscal v. Ledesma) several years earlier.

In 2016, Caree successfully defended Black Lives Matter protesters pro bono.  Although their actions were captured by major TV stations- there were no convictions. 

 In 2018, Caree obtained $1.5 million for the family of Reginald Thomas who was beaten and tased to death by Pasadena Police Department.

 Community Educator & Radio Segment Producer

For the last couple years, Caree has been educating the community on legal updates and noteworthy community concerns through a number of outlets but most notably on the Front Page Show with Dominique DiPrima on Stevie Wonder's KJLH 102.3 FM radio station. She has spent substantial time during the past couple years as a segment producer and she provides helpful voter information and educates the listeners on topical issues both through regular in studio on-air appearances and through research for regular shows.  Caree arranged and produced the "Getting to Know the Judges" segments with the judicial candidates in the prior election and the candidates for the upcoming District Attorney race in 2020.  Caree was also honored to participate with the ACLU in educating teenagers on the Bill of Rights this fall.  She does this because she believes it is important for the community to be as educated as possible about the criminal justice and legal system that so greatly impacts their lives.   

She is now running for Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Seat 162 to serve the community in a different capacity.

 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Judicial Candidates are suppose to be "apolitical".  Caree follows the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Caree was mysteriously hit by a pickup truck as a pedestrian during the criminal trial of a man beaten by police.  If she did not return to complete the trial the diverse jury panel would be lost.  After a couple days, her client and his brother carried her to court and they were victorious.

Caree's sacrifices for her clients does not end there.  Each time she places her hand on the Bible she takes that oath very seriously and fulfills it to the fullest extent. 

 

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