Has Mario Trujillo finally broken the secret pact? For months the six declared candidates have largely remained silent about the complete and utterly humiliating realization coming out of the LA District Attorney’s office that prosecuting crime in Los Angeles is a complete joke. The only candidate willing to point out the “elephant” in the room is Steve Ipsen who is always willing to expose the jokers for who they are. It seems Mario Trujillo, once a favorite of Steve Cooley, has had enough of the “glowing” and stroking of his boss Steve Cooley. His platform is nearly mimicking Steve Ipsen’s platform of criminal justice reform now that he has finally broken his silence. He is throwing the word victim out in the air once in a while so we will give that to him, although like all of the other candidates besides Steve Ipsen, he has never been to our victims events. We do like and admire the fact that he is willing to finally speak out about the policies in the LA District Attorney’s office that have practically destroyed the minority communities and have kept them in their intended second class citizenship. Steve Cooley prides himself and his polices of throwing the book at everyone with brown or black skin, while the prisons fill to their max and fail to keep violent offenders behind bars. The LA weekly broke the story and Steve Cooley doesn’t seem very happy. Jackie Lacey’s, Mario Trujillo’s and Alan Jackson’s secret pact to support everyone in the race but Steve Ipsen and Carmen Trutanich has now taken a twist with Mario speaking out. The best part is that Robert Philabosian gets in on the comments. It seems Cooley’s close friends don’t want anyone speaking out against him. Remember Philibosian, former DA and the one who participated in the city of Cudahay scandal? He also owns property with Steve Cooley in Lake Arrowhead which has illegal ties. He has been sued over it.
Prosecutor Mario Trujillo Calls D.A.’s Policies “Archaic,” Draws Rebuke From D.A. Steve Cooley
By Gene Maddaus Thu., Dec. 8 2011 at 4:48 PM
After three terms as District Attorney, Steve Cooley is retiring next year. Though he won’t be on the ballot, he sure is taking an active interest in who will be. He’s been touting Jackie Lacey, and trashin Carmen Trutanich, for nearly a year.
Now he’s taking aim at another candidate: Deputy District Attorney Mario Trujillo. In a fundraising-email sent Wednesday, Trujillo had some pointed things to say about the current administration:
“I have seen how archaic and inefficient policies of the D.A.’s office have delayed justice for victims, wasted taxpayer money, and put our community at risk,” Trujillo wrote.
“Mr. Cooley and I had an intellectual discussion about our differences in philosophy,” Trujillo said. “There was a concern that some colleagues may feel I am putting down their work… That was not my intent at all.”
Cooley declined to comment, but his spokeswoman confirmed that he had some problems with Trujillo’s rhetoric.
“The unspecified criticism of the office contained in his mass solicitation e-mail was unwarranted and disappointing,” said spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons. “Mr. Trujillo knows better.”
Trujillo is one of the most liberal candidates in the race. He has talked about easing up on prosecutions of unlicensed drivers (who tend to be undocumented), and expressed some reservations about the death penalty.
“You’re not going to get the status quo from me,” Trujillo said. “We’re going to have to change some of these policies.”
Trujillo was also quick to say that he and Cooley have a good relationship, and that he intends to uphold Cooley’s policies as long as they’re in place.
“He’s been great to me,” Trujillo said. “My e-mail is in some respects in line with what he taught us.”
Update: The Met News rounds up reaction from other candidates, plus this beauty from former D.A. Robert Philibosian:
“If Mr. Trujillo truly thinks there’s something wrong with the district attorney’s policies, he’s free to resign from the office and run his candidacy any way he chooses.”
Is that what Cooley did when he ran against Gil Garcetti? Uh, no.