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Judge Clears Way to Eviction of 88-Year-Old Brentwood Widow

LA Superior Court Judge cleared the way for Sheriff to evict 88-year-old Dorothy Green from her own Brentwood home

By Sam Catanzaro

An 88-year-old Brentwood widow faces an uncertain future after a judge cleared the way for the LA County Sheriff to evict her from her Brentwood home of 13 years.

A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge has cleared the way for the L.A. County Sheriff to evict 88-year-old Dorothy Green from her own Brentwood home of 13 years as soon as this week. Dorothy’s doctor says the eviction is likely to cause serious and potentially fatal harm to Dorothy’s health while her attorney, Larry J. Caldwell, contends the eviction is illegal.

Last week, Green, who is disabled, had filed a request for reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, asking the L.A. Superior Court for a temporary stay of execution of the eviction.

Dorothy’s primary doctor, Alex Gold, M.D., had recommended a 90-day delay of the eviction. “[P]utting Dorothy through the trauma of being evicted from her home now, or in the foreseeable future, will place Dorothy at probable risk of serious harm to her mental and physical health – that could possibly be fatal,” in a Declaration filed in court in support of Dorothy’s ADA Request.

But on Wednesday, January 30, 2020, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel Juarez denied Dorothy’s ADA request, refusing to delay the eviction at all.

Dorothy’s attorney Caldwell, believes “the eviction violates Dorothy’s right to reasonable accommodation under the federal Americans With Disabilities Act and California’s Fair Employment Housing Act that apply to the L.A. Superior Court and the L.A. Sheriff’s Department.”

“The eviction is also illegal because Dorothy was denied her constitutionally guaranteed due process rights, including her right to jury trial,” said Caldwell.

But according to Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s office, the Sheriff’s Department plans to evict Dorothy anyway, unless a court orders them not to.

L.A. actress and model Peggy McIntaggert Seagren, a Green family friend, said, “it will be barbaric if the Sheriff illegally kicks a disabled octogenarian widow out of her own home, putting her life in serious danger.”

According to the Caldwell Law Firm, Dorothy’s only income is her monthly social security check. In addition, the firm says she cannot afford to get another home, or to pay for the cost of moving a lifetime of possessions –mementos of the 60 years she and her late husband Lloyd shared — in the “dream” home they built together.

“Even if Dorothy survives the eviction, why add one more homeless person to L.A.’s already overwhelming homeless crisis?” Caldwell said.

Dorothy Green has filed an application for an emergency stay in the Second District Court of Appeal, according to the Caldwell Law Firm.

Brentwood News has reached out to Caldwell Law Firm asking why Green is being evicted. At the time of publishing a response has not been received.

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