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Pacht (Jerry) papers
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Jerry Pacht, born on January 24, 1922, was a Municipal and Superior Court judge in Los Angeles, CA. He was known for being an activist and particularly for his ruling in favor of Angela Davis against the UC Regents. The collection mostly consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, court documents, and photographs, and covers his involvement in the Angela Davis trial, Congressional campaigns, and court rulings. A significant portion of the correspondence is composed of hate mail he received during the Angela Davis trial.
Born Mendel Jerome Pacht in Los Angeles on January 24, 1922, Judge Jerry Pacht served on the California Superior Court. He was known for being an activist and particularly for his ruling in favor of activist and professor Angela Davis against the UC Regents. The son of a judge, Pacht earned a bachelor's degree from UCLA and a law degree from USC in 1949. He was named to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1965 and elevated to the Superior Court in 1966. He ran twice for Congress as a Democrat in 1960 and 1962, and was chairman of the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee. Pacht also served on the statewide Commission on Judicial Qualifications, reviewing complaints about judges' behavior, and headed the ACLU's legal committee and the NAACP's legal defense fund in Los Angeles.
4.6 Linear Feet (7 boxes, 1 carton, and 1 flat box)
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