Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, June 20, 2012


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Missing Superior Court Judge Found, Hospitalized


By a MetNews Staff Writer


A Los Angeles Superior Court judge whose whereabouts were unknown for several hours after she failed to appear for court Monday has been hospitalized, a source told the MetNews.

The source, who asked for anonymity, said 71-year-old Judge Linda K. Lefkowitz was at St. John’s Hospital. Lefkowitz recently started  chemotherapy for breast cancer and was warned that forgetfulness was possible, according to media reports.

Sources said Lefkowitz, who lives in Pacific Palisades, left her home but got lost en route to the Santa Monica courthouse, where she presides over a civil courtroom and is a former supervising judge.  Police found her shortly after 11:30 p.m. Monday at a McDonald’s restaurant in Carson, where she met some people who had apparently seen television news coverage of her disappearance and called authorities.

Presiding Judge Lee Edmon said Monday that police were alerted after the judge failed to appear for work.

Lefkowitz has been a judge since 1993, when she was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court. She had previously served as a Los Angeles assistant city attorney, and before that as a Superior Court research attorney.

She was elevated to the Superior Court in 1996.


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