Lance ItoLance A. Ito
(born August 2, 1950
) is a Los Angeles Superior Court judge who hears felony criminal cases at the county courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, California
. In 1992, he presided over Charles H. Keating Jr's trial in the Savings and Loan scandal; Keating's 10-year sentence was later overturned on appeal. Ito became familiar to American television viewers when he presided over the 1995
murder trial of O. J. Simpson
at which Simpson was acquitted. He is married to a senior Los Angeles Police Department
He earned his J.D degree from the University of California, Berkeley's Boalt Hall in 1975.