It seems that Jackie Lacey and Steve Cooley are desperate for some positive media attention with all that is going wrong in the District Attorney’s office. With the prison overcrowding crisis hanging over their head, the Michael Jackson trial is a perfect opportunity to hurdle them into the spot light. But, it seems that even TMZ is on to the overcrowding disaster. The failed policies of Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey are sending so many low-level offenders to prison that there doesn’t seem to be room for murderers like Murray. If Cooley would have sought murder in the second degree, then Murray may be locked in California state prison. Rumor has it that Walgren wanted to seek murder, but Cooley didn’t want to in case they lost the trial. That bad press could have resulted in another OJ fiasco, one that Cooley clearly capitalized on when he was first elected to office. TMZ reports the press isn’t loving on Steve Cooley or Jackie Lacey as Murray prepares for house arrest and a few days in LA County jail. Pat Dixon takes the opportunity to get his name in the spot light. Who is he anyway?
The man of the hour — Prosecutor David Walgren — who won the Conrad Murray case, might as well have been sent to Siberia by his boss, L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley, because he was completely out of the shot as Cooley took credit for the victory.
It’s pretty stunning, given that the winning prosecutor typically addresses the media after a verdict, but even if the D.A. was exercising caution while the sentence is pending, Cooley didn’t even allow Walgren to stand next to him.
Instead of Walgren, Cooley was flanked by his number 2, Jackie Lacey, and D.A. honcho Pat Dixon. Choosing Lacey is an audacious move on Cooley’s part, since he personally chose her to run as his successor in the 2012 election.
A D.A. spokesperson said Lacey was standing next to Cooley because, “It’s like Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock.”