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

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Despite opposing Jessica’s Law and Marsy’s Law, Steve Cooley extends his holiday cheer to victims via the San Gabriel Tribune

Steve Cooley sends a holiday cheer? Since when does he care about victims?

Steve Cooley opposed Jessica’s Law in 2006 and said, “You know what gets a law passed in California?  Name it after a girl.”  Then, in 2008 he opposed Marsy’s Law, the “Victims’ Bill of Rights”.  But today he has decided to extend a holiday greeting to victims.  It should be known that Steve Cooley hasn’t been to any of our victim’s events for as long as we can remember, and many of us have been in the victim’s movement for a long time. 

Why all of a sudden does Cooley take this opportunity to get some media regarding victims, especially after he has stood alongside Alan Jackson who recently violated Marsy’s Law and gave a murderer who qualified for the death penalty 6 years without notifying the victims, in flagrant violation of Marsy’s Law.  Alan Jackson and ex-Governor Arnold have much in common and reduced murder cases without giving the victim’s their California Constitutional right to be notified, to be present or to be heard.  Thank you Mr. Cooley for extending holiday cheer, but your track record and your support for Alan Jackson cry foul. 

Also of note is that the San Gabriel Tribune takes the opportunity to highlight Steve Cooley after first reporting on Alan Jackson’s Marsy’s Law violation and then taking the articles down.  We captured them here and before they were conveniently deleted off the web.  The San Gabriel Tribune endorsed Cooley in the past.  No doubt Cooley made the call and the media took the article about Alan Jackson down as a favor to Cooley and as a sign to victims that the media is corrupt and truth in journalism is only a facade.

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.

District Attorneys Jackie Lacey and Steve Cooley try to steal David Walgren’s thunder reports TMZ – Walgren sent to Siberia

Jackie Lacey, Steve Cooley and Pat Dixon steal David Walgren's thunder as they capitalize on the media of the Michael Jackson case

(TMZ photo) Jackie Lacey, Steve Cooley and Pat Dixon steal David Walgren's thunder as they capitalize on the media of the Michael Jackson case

Media Hogs?
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?

TMZ reports
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.”

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

Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson – DA avoids reporters after violating Marsy’s Law

Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson reduces possible death penalty case to Manslaughter. The criminal gets six years. DA Jackson avoids the press and blames the detectives

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 anIndianatruck 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.

Violation of Marsy’s Law – Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson and Arnold Schwarzenegger have much in common

Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson and Arnold Schwarzenegger - Republicans Violate Marsy's Law and Give Secret Deals to Murderers. DA Jackson recently released a video saying how he advocates for victims.

Antelope Valley Press Reports ‘Cold Case’ Killer gets six years – This blatant violation of Marsy’s Law by Alan Jackson is similar to that of the former Governor Schwarzenegger who reduced a murder sentence to 7 years without consulting the family.   Shortly after Alan Jackson’s secret deal with a murderer, the Alan Jackson campaign released a video where he champions himself as a victim’s advocate.  We report this illegal and complete disregard for Marsy’s Law.   Justice was never sought nor served when Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson secretly plea bargained the potential death penalty murder case to manslaughter.  Also of note – the Alan Jackson campaign has already launched an attack on the city Attorney Carmen Trutanich who hasn’t yet officially declared his run for DA.  Carmen Trutanich has a special page on the City Attorney’s website that is dedicated to Marsy’s Law

Antelope Valley Press Reports - Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson Violates Marsy's Law and Gives a 6 Year Deal to Murderer. DA Jackson blames the detectives.

FROM AV PRESS ‘Cold Case Killer’ gets only six years

By Charles F. Bostwick
Managing Editor 
LANCASTER, CA

Relatives of a Lancaster aerospace worker whose 30-year-old murder was apparently solved last year with the arrest of anIndianatruck driver are dismayed that the ex-convict   apprehended was allowed to plead guilty to reduced charges and sentenced to fewer than 6 years in state prison.  

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.”  Esmeralda Tirak said the family was not invited to speak before the sentencing to give a so-called “victim impact statement,” which is standard practice in California court rooms.  

They had been told that a hearing had been postponed and would be rescheduled, but were never told a new date, she said.  Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson, a Major Crimes Division prosecutor who is running for District Attorney in 2012, didn’t return calls seeking comment.  

A District Attorney’s 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.  She said the evidence against Winter turned out to be weaker than expected.  

Winter remains in custody in Men’s Central Jail inLos Angelespending his transfer to a state prison.  Joseph Azevedo was a 50-year-old Lockheed Aircraft worker and father of four sons. He had separated from his wife, who moved toPennsylvaniawith one of the boys, but the other three – ages 10 to 20 – were living with him.  Two of the boys found their father dead in their home’s family room after returning from camping at Littlerock Reservoir. 

Family said they had never heard of Winter and he wasn’t anyone Azevedo knew.  Sheriff’s homicide detectives said they believe Winter was burglarizing the Azevedos’ mobile home, in the 42000 block ofSixth Street East, when Winter was surprised to see Joseph Azevedo inside and killed him.  

At the time, Winter was a 25-year-old ex-convict who had been released from prison on parole six months earlier. Winter had been sent to prison in April 1980 on aLos AngelesCountyconviction for armed robbery and possession of a weapon by an ex-felon, state prison records show.  He was sentenced to three years in prison on the first charge and two years on the second, but he was paroled in less than seven months.  Winter was sent back to prison in August 1984 on a two-year sentence for aLos AngelesCountyconviction for burglary, prison records show.  He was released from prison on parole in June 1985 and was discharged from parole in June 1992. 

When Winter’s arrest was announced last November, sheriff’s officials said it was the result of fingerprint and DNA evidence that wasn’t available three decades ago.  Homicide detectives gathered forensic evidence in 1981 and interviewed residents and family members, but no leads were ever produced to identify a suspect, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department statement released after Winter’s arrest.

Sheriff’s Cold Case Homicide detectives reopened the case in 2006 and began following several leads that included new fingerprint and DNA analysis. They eventually identified a suspect. However, they did not have enough information to prosecute the case, and the trail ran cold.  The case was reopened in May 2010, and a review of statements made by the suspect and witnesses in addition to modern forensic analysis was able to produce sufficient evidence to charge Winter, sheriff’s officials said.  

Detectives learned that Winter had been working as a long-haul truck driver inOhio. Winter was spotted at a distribution center inTipp City,Ohio. FBI agents and Tipp City police arrested him without incident Nov. 6.  Nearly 30 years after a Lockheed Aircraft worker as found shot to death on his family room floor, sheriff’s officials announced that a suspect had been arrested.