Calif Families of Journalists Wait for Better News

By: Judy Lin AP Email
By: Judy Lin AP Email

CARMICHAEL, Calif. (AP) - The father of one of the American journalists convicted in North Korea over the weekend said Monday
the family will refrain from public comment as the case plays out.

Doug Ling spoke briefly to The Associated Press at his home in the Sacramento suburb of Carmichael.

"We're going to keep a low-profile until we hear something better about the situation," he said.

His daughter, Laura Ling, and Euna Lee were sentenced to 12 years in a labor camp by North Korea's highest court for entering the country's territory.

They were working for San Francisco-based Current TV when North
Korean guards seized them March 17 near the country's border with

A woman who has lived next door to the Ling family for three decades said Doug Ling returned Saturday from New York, where she thought he may have been conducting media interviews.

"He was very tired, but he's trying to keep positive about the whole thing," said Pat Hozack, 74.

She said Doug Ling's ex-wife lives in Los Angeles. It was not immediately clear whether anyone else was staying at his two-story
home, which sits across the street from a private swim and tennis club.

Asked how Doug Ling is holding up, Hozack said he was "very

"He tries to, like men do, joke it off. 'When she gets back, I'm going to give her a good, swift kick.' Things like that," she said. "But you know he was concerned."

Euna Lee lives in California with her husband and 4-year-old daughter, Hannah. Vigils were held in honor of the journalists last week in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and other cities.

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