Public Defender convicted of obstructing police on breaking and entering charge

Jimmy Pak, Sept. 11, 2013, 1:54 p.m.

A los Angeles County deputy public defender was convicted Monday in Torrance for obstructing police officers during an investigation on his charge of breaking and entering a Koreatown apartment in 2012.  Jimmu Chu, 31, was convicted and was given a 45 day suspended jail sentence, 3 year probation, 30 days of community labor and 104 Alcohol Anonymous meetings.    

Judge Chet Taylor is quoted,” “I don’t know what problems you have, but you need to take care of them,” and later stating, “You definitely have some demons. It’s going to drag you down.”

Prosecutors tell it – Chu was very intoxicated when he broke into a window and unlawfully entered an apartment  when attending a party a few blocks away.  He allegedly vandalized and destroyed property inside.  Witnesses state seeing Chu go back and forth from the apartment five time.  Chu even sat down on the curb and screamed at one point. 

Presecutors also alleged that Chu tried to cover up his act by called 9-1-1 from inside the apartment and described seeing two men had broken into his property.  When officers arrived, Chu was arrested and refused to take a breathalyzer test.  Officer Rothenberg also stated Chu was debated probable cause and Miranda right issues. 

Kelly Emling, chief deputy in the Public Defender’s Office, declined to discuss the case, citing it as a personnel matter. The California State Bar website showed Chu attended undergraduate school at UCLA and the UC Berkeley School of Law.

He reportedly worked cases for clients in downtown Los Angeles, Alhambra and East Los Angeles.


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