Judge Linda Karlin is a hard line judge and well-known for handing out the maximum sentence for even the most minor crimes. Detectives Lenny Briscoe and Ed Green find themselves investigating an attempt on her life when Frank Morris, who stole a gun from his bartender uncle, takes a shot at her and is gunned down by her police detective bodyguard. The police find that Morris visited Randall Wylie, who has a case before Judge Collins, in jail not long before the shooting. Judge Karlin rejected a plea bargain the DA and Wylie had agreed to and it looks like he may have hired Morris to make the hit.
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The detective assigned to guard Judge Karlin asks her what case she is trying that day: she replies that she's presiding over a drug case where the defendant was caught with 13 pounds (208 ounces) of heroin. The detective asks the judge what kind of sentence you'd get for that: the judge sarcastically replies, "A needle in the arm." Though she was joking, the judge wasn't too far off: 208 ounces of heroin would be criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, a class A-I felony with a minimum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years. Considering the amount of heroin in this case, the defendant would likely get the maximum sentence of 25 to life since 208 ounces is obviously way more than the minimum 8 ounces needed to be charged with first-degree possession. See more
D.A. Nora Lewin
I'd like to think I can do this job without becoming a cynic.
I'm not a cynic. I get up every morning hoping to find an honest man.
References Judge Dredd