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Judge LaDoris Cordell on the guilty verdict in the Ahmaud Arbery case & the Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal

On this edition of Your Call, retired California Superior Court Judge LaDoris Cordell discusses her new memoir, Her Honor: My Life on the Bench...What Works, What's Broken, and How to Change It. In 1982, Judge Cordell became the first African American woman to sit on the Superior Court of Northern California.

We'll discuss the future of abortion in the US, the Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal, and the guilty verdict in the Ahmaud Arbery case.


Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, legal commentator and retired judge of the Superior Court of Northern California. Judge Cordell was previously Assistant Dean of Stanford Law School where she implemented a minority admissions program. In 2020, Judge Cordell was appointed to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Innocence Commission to review cases of individuals who claim to have been wrongly convicted.

Web Resources: 

The Guardian, Jessica Glenza: Conservative US supreme court justices signal support for restricting abortion in pivotal case

The Lily, Anne Branigin and and Jessica Contrera: After Rittenhouse, protesters are asking: What about sex-trafficking victim Chrystul Kizer?

The Nation, Elie Mystal: Kyle Rittenhouse Has Gotten Away With Murder—as Predicted

Slate, LaDoris Hazzard Cordell: Nearly all the jurors in the trial for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery are white. Here's how to keep that from happening again.

Lea is a producer for Your Call on KALW Local Public Radio. She graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2018.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.