Steve Ipsen, Candidate for Los Angeles District Attorney in 2012, Secures Endorsements From Key Victims’ Rights Leaders

Steve Ipsen gains endorsements from the largest victims' rights groups in Southern California

Steve Ipsen, founder and eight term past president of the nation’s largest prosecutors union and candidate for Los Angeles District Attorney in 2012, has secured the endorsements of prominent victims’ rights leaders from the largest victims organizations in Southern California.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 21, 2011

Steve Ipsen, founder and eight term past president of the nation’s largest prosecutors union and candidate for Los Angeles District Attorney in 2012, has secured the endorsements of prominent victims’ rights leaders from the largest victims organizations in Southern California. A 25 year veteran prosecutor in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, Steve has served for nearly a decade as an advisory board member to victims’ rights groups across the State. He was a ballot signator for Jessica’s Law passed in 2006 and co-author of Marsy’s law passed in 2008 by the voters in California.

Marcella Leach co-founded Justice for Homicide Victims after her daughter Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas was murdered in 1983. “I am forever grateful that my son Nick and Steve partnered to write Marsy’s Law, the most comprehensive Victim’s Bill of Rights in the United States. I whole heartedly endorse Steve Ipsen for Los Angeles District Attorney,” she said.

Saul Zavala, whose daughter Jessica Zavala and niece Olivia Munguia were murdered in Lynwood on their way to school in1999, is the Spanish chapter leader of Justice for Murdered Children. Savala said, “Steve Ipsen will make a significant difference to the Latino community in Los Angeles. He is fair minded and truly the ‘People’s Prosecutor’.” Patricia Wenskunas is the CEO and founder of Crime Survivors and Crime Stoppers of Orange County. “I hope you will join me in endorsing Steve Ipsen for LA County District Attorney in 2012,” says Wenskunas.

Shari Martin, whose son Marshall was murdered in Lancaster in 2002, is the Antelope Valley chapter leader for Parents of Murdered Children. “Steve is the only candidate that addresses the dangerous early release policies of our massively over-crowded jails and prisons,” says Martin. She supports Ipsen’s “Reform First” approach to criminal justice that employs risk assessment criteria to prioritize jail space for dangerous criminals, and diverts non-violent offenders into rigorous work, community service, job training or drug rehabilitation programs in order to stop recidivism and escalation to violent crime. Ipsen states, “We have known about the prison overcrowding crisis for some time and the AB 109 realignment is only a partial solution. ‘Reform First’ addresses overcrowding issues and prioritizes violent crime to prevent early release of dangers criminals.”

Also endorsing Steve are Janette Chavez, a victims’ rights advocate whose 16 year old daughter Samantha Salas was murdered in 2008 in Monrovia, California; and Lawanda Hawkins, founder and president of Justice for Murdered Children, whose only son Reggie was murdered in the South Bay in 1996.

More information about Steve Ipsen for Los Angeles District Attorney 2012 can be found at http://www.SteveIpsen.com

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

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.