Mario Trujillo finally breaks the secret pact and exposes Steve Cooley as “archaic and inefficient”

The LA Weekly breaks the story as Mario Trujillo takes his jabs at Steve Cooley and his policies

The LA Weekly breaks the story as Mario Trujillo takes his jabs at Steve Cooley and his policies

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.

Cooley, who apparently has time to read these things, was not amused.

At an L.A. County Bar Association event last night, Cooley pulled Trujillo aside and gave him an earful.

“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.

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The Wave and TMZ Blast District Attorneys Jackie Lacey and Steve Cooley for taking David Walgren’s and Deborah Brazil’s credit

TMZ and Betty Pleasant weigh in on Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey’s showboating, while David Walgren and Deborah Brazil look on.
Captain Kirk (Steve Cooley) with Mr. Spock (Jackie Lacey) by his side

Captain Kirk (Steve Cooley) with Mr. Spock (Jackie Lacey) by his side

TMZ reports Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock took credit for David Walgren’s and Deborah Brazil’s prosecution of the Michael Jackson case.  The news reports, “It’s pretty stunning, 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.”

Betty Pleasant says, "Get off my TV to Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey"

Betty Pleasant says, "Get off my TV to Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey"

Betty Pleasant also takes the opportunity to say “Get off my TV.”  She addresses the irritating showboating of Steve Cooley and his side kick Jackie Lacey.  She says she has kept silent about the Michael Jackson trial with no opinion of either guilt or innocence, but regarding the press conference, she states the “pitiful, showboating, grandstanding mess of a press conference District Attorney Steve Cooley held on TV immediately after the jury convicted Murray of involuntary manslaughter, during which Cooley preened and gloated and praised and patted himself and his staff on their backs for having done an outstanding job of nailing the doctor — while his right-hand woman, Jackie Lacey, stood silently by his side with her heart glowing all over the place. It was sickening.”

We have to agree with Betty Pleasant.  Cooley comes out of his hole when the media blitz is beckoning, but when violent and horrible murder trials come to a close, Cooley is no where in sight, and no where near the fine prosecutors in the DA’s office, to congratulate them,  who thankfully are in charge of the trials instead of Steve Cooley. 

The prison overcrowding crisis created by Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey’s failed policies over the last ten years have paved the way for Conrad Murray’s freedom.  Steve Cooley might as well hold a press conference with a News Flash: Message to criminals – Do a crime and pay no time!  Or how about this slogan: Murder the King of Pop, Don’t Stop.  Just pass go and collect your $200.

Michael Jackson Fans to Media Hogs Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey: “Thank you David Walgren”

Michael Jackson Fans Blast Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey for Taking Credit for Walgren's Prosecution

Michael Jackson Fans Blast Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey for Taking Credit for Brazil's and Walgren's Prosecution

Fans of Michael Jackson are not happy that Steve Cooley hogged the podium to take credit for the work of Deputy DA David Walgren and Deborah Brazil.

Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey are desperate for positive media attention.  With Cooley’s chosen successor Jackie Lacey near by, he reads from his notes rather then giving the microphone to the true heros of the Jackson case.

Steve Cooley decided not to seek murder in the 2nd degree and  Jackson fans are hitting the blogs.  Murray will sit in county jail, then likely retreat to house arrest and enjoy a life like Martha Stewart.

The fans wanted to hear from David Walgren and Deborah Brazil, but Cooley took the spot light as if he conducted the prosecution.  Even former DA Hamid Towfigh weighs in on a two minute video blasting Cooley and Lacey for not prosecuting Jackson for murder.

Former Deputy District Attorney Hamid Towfigh Blasts Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey for their failure to prosecute Murray for Murder in the Second Degree.

Former Deputy District Attorney Hamid Towfigh Blasts Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey for their failure to prosecute Murray for Murder in the Second Degree.

Hamid Towfigh is a former Deputy District Attorney for the LA District Attorney’s office and states that David Walgren wanted to prosecute for murder, but his boss Steve Cooley made the decisions.  The prison overcrowding crisis, created by the bad policies Steve Cooley enforces, are the reason Conrad Murray will see no jail time.

Towfigh said the Jackson family was not happy that Murray could get only four years.  They wanted justice.  He states that the Major Crimes Division in the LA DAs office does not prosecute manslaughter cases.  He implies this was entirely a publicity stunt for Cooley.
Sending drug offenders to state prison and going after marijuana clinics has been Steve Cooley’s priority for the past 10 years.   The prisons are so overcrowded there is no room for Conrad Murray.  Murder gets Conrad Murray a few days in County jail.
Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey take credit for David Walgren's prosecution
Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey take credit
 TMZ delivers blistering remarks about Steve Cooley’s press conference and how Steve Cooley should have been in the background while David Walgren addressed the crowd.
Major faux paus on Cooley’s part.  The negative press hurts the image of the DA’s office and Jackie Lacey’s image as she stands next to Cooley.  Remember Jackie Lacey is running to be the next DA in 2012.  Remember her speech the night Cooley prematurely declared victory while the California Attorney General votes were still trailing in, and just before his loss to Kamala Harris by over 65% in LA County?  She stated that every day she works with Cooley she “glows”.   Well, this glowing moment doesn’t resonate well with victims or with Michael Jackson fans.
LIONEL of KPRL11 News in St. Louis says Cooley's prosecution was flawed.

LIONEL of KPRL11 News in St. Louis says Cooley's prosecution was flawed.

To balance the opinons of those who think this case should have been tried in civil court, LIONEL of KPLR11 News in St. Louis,  blasts elected DA Steve Cooley for the prosecution of Conrad Murray.

Jackie Lacey receives harsh criticizim from ‘The Wave’. Betty Pleasant will not be taken for a fool. That is for certain.

Just as the Los Angeles District Attorney 2012 heats up, Jackie Lacey receives harsh criticizim and tough questioning from Betty Pleasant at 'The Wave'

Just as the Los Angeles District Attorney 2012 heats up, Jackie Lacey receives harsh criticizim and tough questioning from Betty Pleasant at 'The Wave'

Betty Pleasant shows no mercy when interviewing Jackie Lacey about several key questions.  She published an article and video in ‘The Wave’ and showed Jacquelyn (Jackie) Lacey no mercy.  Betty is not afraid to go right to the source and ask Lacey about her admiration for Steve Cooley.  She also wanted to know why Lacey moved to LA County just to run for election, when in the past, she and Cooley have prosecuted people for doing that exact same thing.  She grilled her on cases that affect the black community, which Lacey has stood idly by Cooley’s side, and let unfold without intervention.  Betty ultimately addressed the union busting allegations and the fact that Lacey changed her testimony from one day to the other.  Some call this mishap on Lacey’s part purgery.

One thing is for certain.  Betty’s momma didn’t raise no fool.

Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson failed to notify the victims family and violates the California Constitution

One thing is clear in the race for District Attorney of Los Angeles County 2012, the only candidate who is a long time victim advocate inside and outside the courtroom is Steve Ipsen.  Recently, Alan Jackson dissapointingly plea bargained a death penalty case to an unconscionable six years and failed to notify the family in violation of the California Constitution – Article 1 Section 28(b).  Marsy’s law was written by Steve Ipsen for victims, and thanks to Dr. Henry T. Nicholas, it became law in 2008 by the overwhelming majority of voters.  The justice system has left victims out of the process for far too long and to see that Alan Jackson, a candidate running for the office of Los Angeles District Attorney, would dissregard the law and avoid reporters and the victims family is a foreshadowing that cannot be ignored.  It is heartwarming to know that Steve Ipsen has passion for protecting victims of crime.

Steve Ipsen stands with Marcella Leach and speaks about Marsy's Law and the rights victims have in court

Alan Jackson declines to comment when asked by San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the Pasadena Star and the Whittier Daily News about his violation of Marsy Law

San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports on Alan Jackson's "No comment" after he violated Marsy's Law and plead a potential death penalty case to manslaughter

San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports on Alan Jackson's "No comment" after he violated Marsy's Law and plead a potential death penalty case to manslaughter

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune 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.

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.  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.”

San Gabriel Tribune Reports on Alan Jackson's Violation of Marsy's Law
San Gabriel Tribune Reports on Alan Jackson’s Violation of Marsy’s Law

The Antelope Valley Press reported 

A murder charge carrying a potential death sentence or life in prison was dismissed.  ”Where is the justice? I can’t believe it after all these years,” Esmeralda Tirak of Palmdale said Friday.  “The guilty get away with murder, and the victims” she said, breaking into tears. “I can’t talk anymore.”  Michael Tirak, Azevedo’s nephew, said: “There’s something wrong with our justice system.”  After three decades, the family at least deserved the decency of a phone call to give them a chance to be there. Victims’ families usually speak in court to let the judge know the impact the loss of the loved one has had on friends and family.  

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.

No Apology to the Victims after Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson Reduces Murder to Manslaughter in Violation of Marsy’s Law

Alan Jackson provides no apology to victim's family and avoids returning reporter's phone calls.

Alan Jackson provides no apology to victim's family and avoids returning reporter's phone calls.

Alan Jackson and Arnold Schwarzenegger have much in common.  Two politicians breaking laws with reckless disregard for the victim’s family.  Both Alan Jackson and Arnold Schwarzenegger reduced murder sentences to just a few short years without notifying the victims and without allowing the victims to come forward and give victim impact statements.  Alan Jackson simply ignored reporters’ questions and blamed the detectives.  The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office spokesperson responded to the Antelope Valley press with excuses.  Marsy’s Law (Proposition 9) was co-authored by Steve Ipsen, Alan Jackson’s competition for the 2012 election for the elected Los Angeles District Attorney.

The Antelope Valley Press reports on Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson's run from the reporters after violating Marsy's Law.

FROM AV PRESS: ‘Something wrong with our justice system’
June 28, 2011

LANCASTER, CA

We know that Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson is running for the post of district attorney, but Friday he just seemed to be running from our phone calls.  We wanted to know why a Palmdale woman was literally crying to us about the plea-bargain deal her brother’s killer received.

It made no sense.  Joseph Azevedo, an aerospace worker, was murdered 30 years ago, and last year cops nabbed an Indiana truck driver named Christopher Winter and charged him with the crime. But as Valley Press Managing Editor Charles F. Bostwick reported Saturday, prosecutors struck a deal – a guilty plea in exchnge for a sentence of less than 6 years – and family members said they were unaware of it:  “Joseph Azevedo’s sister and nephew said the family was not told about a June 7 hearing in Los Angeles at which Christopher Winter, 55, was sentenced after being allowed to plead no contest to involuntary manslaughter and two counts of receiving stolen property.  

A murder charge carrying a potential death sentence or life in prison was dismissed.  ”Where is the justice? I can’t believe it after all these years,” Esmeralda Tirak of Palmdale said Friday.  “The guilty get away with murder, and the victims” she said, breaking into tears. “I can’t talk anymore.”  Michael Tirak, Azevedo’s nephew, said: “There’s something wrong with our justice system.”  After three decades, the family at least deserved the decency of a phone call to give them a chance to be there. Victims’ families usually speak in court to let the judge know the impact the loss of the loved one has had on friends and family.  

Deputy DA Jackson did not return our calls. A DA spokeswoman said she was told that Joseph Azevedo’s relatives had been informed by an investigator that Winter was expected to enter a plea to reduced charges that would let him avoid the death penalty, though she didn’t know if they had been told the hearing date.  The family members told us they were aware of a hearing and possible plea deal, but it had been postponed and they were never told the new date and a plea “to avoid the death penalty” is far cry from a plea for 6 years.