Despite Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson’s illegal violation of Marsy’s Law, former Governor Pet Wilson gives endorsement

Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson violated Marsy’s Law by reducing a death penalty case to manslaughter without notifying the victim’s family.

Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson violated Marsy’s Law by reducing a death penalty case to manslaughter without notifying the victim’s family.

Pete Wilson is said to be endorsing Republican Alan Jackson over declined to state and former Republican Carmen Trutanich for the next District Attorney of Los Angeles.  Clearly, Pete Wilson hasn’t been informed about Alan Jackson’s frank and utterly deplorable disregard for victims in his recent violation of Marsy’s Law just a few months ago.  Pete Wilson was part of the group that met to edit Steve Ipsen’s and Doug Pipe’s original version of Marsy’s Law.  I guess Pete Wilson either doesn’t care, and is placing politics before justice, or he hasn’t been told by the Jackson campaign about the “Scarlet Letter” Jackson will wear in victims eyes.

The Pasadena Star, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Whitter Daily News and the Antelope Valley Press reported on Alan Jackson’s recent violation of Marsy’s Law.  Jackson struck a deal with a murderer who may have received a death sentence and reduced the charges to manslaughter giving the murderer six years without notifying the victim’s family.  They wanted to be involved in the process, but were left out, and Jackson dodged reports when they tried to question him.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune , Pasadena Star, and the Whittier Daily News reported on Jackson’s failure to comment after he recently also avoided the Antelope Valley Press.   Interesting that those articles have been taken down from the SGVT, Pasadena Star and Whitter Daily News websites.  This stunt exemplifies that corruption in the media is rampant.  Probably insiders don’t want the truth out in the open about Alan Jackson and you can see the willingness to cover up the truth, but we have the story for you below (verbatim before it was taken down).   Steve Ipsen, co-author of Marsy’s Law is running against Alan Jackson in the race for Los Angeles District Attorney in 2012.    The Pasadena Star and San Gabrial Valley Tribune reported, “Among Ipsen’s opponents in the 2012 District Attorney’s race is Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson – who prosecuted Winter.  He declined to comment.”

Victims certainly won’t tolerate this malconduct in someone seeking the office of the LA District Attorney.  Here is proof that the media was doing their job until someone interfered.  The the news papers and their affiliated partners may have taken the articles down, but we have it verbatum here.  Mr. Jackson can’t run from victims.

Alan Jackson violates "Marsy's Law" San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Alan Jackson violates "Marsy's Law" San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Published on Monday, July 25, 2011

By San Gabriel Valley Tribune Staff Writer

Kevin Azevedo wanted to know when the man who killed his father would next appear in a Los Angeles courthouse.

He hoped he would get a heads-up from authorities prosecuting the 30-year-old homicide that could have led to the death penalty for suspect Christopher David Winter, 55, of Indiana.

But by the time Azevedo received word, Winter had already cut a deal with the Los Angeles County District’s Attorney’s Office. In exchange for his plea, the killer got less than six years in state prison when he was sentenced on June 7.

“I felt a little cheated there, even though I couldn’t have made it out there,” said Azevedo, who lives in Pennsylvania. “I wish I could have known so I could have told my brothers. Maybe one of them would have gone to the hearing and at least said something to (the defendant) if given that chance.”

More than two years after the passage of the state’s Victims’ Bill of Rights Act of 2008, experts say stories like Azevedo’s show implementation of Marsy’s Law has been mixed.

When pitched to voters, Marsy’s Law – Proposition 9 – promised victims and their families the right to reasonable notice upon request of all public proceedings, with few exceptions.

Its passage significantly expanded victims’ rights and included them in the state Constitution. But making it work has been tricky, said Deputy District Attorney Steve Ipsen, who co-authored the law and is running for Los Angeles County District Attorney in 2012.

Proposition 9 is implemented “incredibly well in some areas and incredibly poorly in others,” Ipsen said. While implementation has been life-changing for some victims, “it’s heart-wrenching where it has failed.”

Experts agree that full implementation of Marsy’s Law takes education for all parties – including victims, law enforcement officers and prosecutors.

For example, it’s important for victims or their families to be part of the legal process and make their presence known, said Superior Court Judge Jared Moses of the Alhambra Court during a recent victims’ rights clinic hosted by the Pasadena Police Department.

Victim impact statements made in the courtroom, for example, “are so important,” he said. “They affect us. They affect everyone in the room.”

Some victims’ rights advocates complain, too, that not all law enforcement agencies are handing out a Marsy’s Law card to victims as the law requires. The cards enumerate the 17 constitutional rights afforded to victims by the law. In some cases, homicide detectives incorrectly assume that another officer has already given out the card but it’s everyone’s responsibility to check, said Lawanda Hawkins, founder of Justice for Murdered Children and one of three signatories of Marsy’s Law.

In a phone survey of 24 law enforcement agencies in the San Gabriel Valley, all of them reported having Marsy’s cards readily available.

“That’s world-changing,” said Ipsen of the distribution of the information cards. “It goes a long way in answering questions (victims have), and allowing law enforcement and police officers to focus on investigating the case.”

But Ipsen said he’s “very troubled” that prosecutors are entering plea agreements with criminal defendants “and not including victims” in that process.

Among Ipsen’s opponents in the 2012 District Attorney’s race is Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson – who prosecuted Winter. He declined to comment.


The Antelope Valley Press Attends Press Conference Where Steve Ipsen Calls for a Department of Justice Investigation of Steve Cooley’s Policies in the Antelope Valley Court House


The Antelope Valley Press Covers the Story on Concerns for Corruption in the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

September 15, 2011
In front of the Antelope Valley Courthouse today The Community Action League (TCAL) leader called a press conference to announce a community forum on Saturday, September 16 at the Lancaster Moose Lodge.  This forum will address the widespread concern in the community that too many youths are being charged with felonies for minor non-violent offenses, and the belief that local prosecutors are being paid extra money for each felony conviction they obtain. TCAL raised this new concern even as they are addressing other concerns related to section 8 housing fraud in a federal lawsuit.  Two residents from Lancaster, TCAL and the California State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are are named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in June claiming Lancaster and Palmdale officials engaged in racial discrimination in their pursuit of Section 8 fraud.
Steve Ipsen, a local prosecutor and past president of the prosecutor’s union was asked to address concerns by TCAL members that local prosecutors are corrupt and receiving illegal payments for handing down felony convictions.  Ipsen stated that the accusations were entirely “false” and Deputy District Attorney’s are “hardworking and honest.”  Ipsen said that there is a problem, but it is not the hard working prosecutors and sheriffs.  He stated the felony statistics driven policies of the District Attorney’s Office is the problem because it limits Deputy DAs from doing the right thing and treating non-serious offenses as misdemeanors.  He said the policies force Deputy DAs to seek felony convictions for minor crimes, especially in the Antelope Valley.
Ipsen called for an investigation by the Department of Justice and the citizens of Lancaster and Palmdale to address the issue properly.  He stated that the citizens of Antelope Valley should do a public records request and inquire about the local policies and practices that are strikingly different from anywhere else in Los Angeles County.  He noted that local prosecutors are forced to violate office policy and seek felony convictions, when in other areas of the county the same low level criminal conduct would routinely qualify for  misdemeanor charges under written guidelines.   Ipsen, a candidate for Los Angeles County District Attorney, stated, “I am exposing, as a candidate, what we are doing wrong” and encouraged TCAL members to address the discriminatory policies in the Antelope Valley courthouse.
The AV Press, a local newspaper covering the event, mentioned Steve Ipsen’s video called “Reform First”  located on his campaign webpage.  Here Ipsen outlines his program to reduce crime.  Non-violent offenders will be required to work or perform community service so they will have money to repay their restitution and live a productive life rather then learn a new life, that of a hardened criminal, while in prison.  He describes how a tax burden becomes a tax payer when the nonviolent offender gets out into the community and works.  The AV Press mistakenly reported this press conference was a campaign event for Ipsen’s candidacy.  Ipsen indicated that he was simply called by organizers and community members who saw him speaking about criminal justice reform, and asked to answer the communities concerns and allegations of  corruption.  He said he felt it important to correct this impression. Ipsen indicated that office policy forbid his speaking out as an employee, but that he was allowed by law to speak freely as a candidate and felt it important to do so to allay concerns over corruption.

Alan Jackson Secretly Violates Marsy’s Law and Ignores the Victims’ Constitutional Rights Under California Law

Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson Violates Marsy's Law - The Victim's Bill of Rights - Reducing a potential death penalty case, for the shooting of Joseph Azevedo, to manslaughter without notifying the victim's family and further blaming the detective for the oversight.

Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson Violates Marsy's Law - The Victim's Bill of Rights - Reducing a potential death penalty case, for the shooting of Joseph Azevedo, to manslaughter without notifying the victim's family and further blaming the detective for the oversight.

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)

Alan Jackson fails to comply with Marsy's Law and allows the shooter to plead from murder to manslaughter without notifying the victim's family.

Alan Jackson fails to comply with Marsy's Law and allows the shooter to plead from murder to manslaughter without notifying the victim's family.

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.

Alan Jackson violates the Constitutional Rights of the victim's family and refuses to answer questions.

Alan Jackson violates the Constitutional Rights of the victim's family and refuses to answer questions.

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.