Yes you can get away with murder, especially in the state of California. If citizens of the State of California believe they have Constitutional Rights under California Law, they are in for a wake up call. The Antelope Valley Press reported Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson, a candidate for the next elected District Attorney of Los Angeles in 2012, violated Marsy’s Law on June 7th 2011. Jackson reduced a potential death penalty case to manslaughter for the murder of Joseph Azevedo without notifying the victims. He failed to give the victim’s family a chance to exercise their Constitutional Rights and provide a victim impact statement. (See original newspaper article here)
Joseph Azevedo was shot to death and found on his family room floor in a cold case left unsolved. 30 years later the cold case was re-opened when detectives found and matched new forensic evidence leading to the arrest of Christopher Winters who was facing potential death penalty charges or life in prison. Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson, from the downtown LA major crimes division secretly allowed the murderer to plead no contest to involuntary manslaughter and two counts of stolen property. The victims were not notified and not allowed to give victim witness impact statements. Murder charges carrying potential death or life in prison were dismissed by Alan Jackson to the shock and dismay of the victim’s family.
To make matters even more unfathomable, Jackson refused to answer questions by the Antelope Valley Press and used the District Attorneys office spokesperson to respond – blaming the oversight on the detectives.
Victims to Alan Jackson (Q&A):
1. Is the detective or the prosecutor ultimately in charge?
2. If you can’t uphold Marsy’s Law, why do you think you deserve to be the next District Attorney of Los Angeles County?
Alan Jackson is one of six candidates in the race for the next District Attorney of Los Angeles County in 2012. Jackson recently released a video claiming to be a champion for victims. Ironically he is running against 25 year veteran prosecutor and co-author of Marsy’s Law, Deputy District Attorney Steve Ipsen.
Marsy’s Law was written specifically to prevent this exact occurrence. For years victims have been ignored in court, given no opportunity to speak, no voice and no respect. Criminals have 36 rights under the law. After the 2008 passage of Marsy’s Law, victims have 17 rights under the California Constitution. In this case, Alan Jackson violated the following Marsy’s Rights:
(6) To reasonable notice of and to reasonably confer with the prosecuting agency, upon request, regarding, the arrest of the defendant if known by the prosecutor, the charges filed, the determination whether to extradite the defendant, and, upon request, to be notified of and informed before any pretrial disposition of the case.
(7) To reasonable notice of all public proceedings, including delinquency proceedings, upon request, at which the defendant and the prosecutor are entitled to be present and of all parole or other post-conviction release proceedings, and to be present at all such proceedings.
(8) To be heard, upon request, at any proceeding, including any delinquency proceeding, involving a post-arrest release decision, plea, sentencing, post-conviction release decision, or any proceeding in which a right of the victim is at issue.
It is a tragedy when a family member dies. The pain is like no other and never subsides. When a prosecutor like Alan Jackson has complete disregard for the victim’s family and the law, justice is never served.