Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Former LAPD Chief Bratton Picks Jack Weiss as Security Consultant Despite Possible State Bar Issue

The Los Angeles Times reports that former LAPD Chief William Bratton, chairman of his new global investigations firm, Altegrity Risk International, has tapped former L.A. City Councilman Jack Weiss to run the company's Los Angeles office.

Bratton controversially endorsed Weiss in his failed bid to become Los Angeles City Attorney with the now infamous "no brainer" sound bite. Weiss was nevertheless defeated by political novice, Carmen 'Nuch' Trutanich by an embarrassingly high 11% margin in a hotly contested General Election race that saw Weiss as the clear favorite, enjoying the endorsement of the Mayor and a host of other political insiders.

During the campaign, Trutanich excoriated Weiss for his alleged poor record on ethics issues, such as failing to return illegal campaign contributions, attending an illegal fundraiser co-hosted by City pensions commissioner Kelly Candele (who immediately resigned), as well as attending a fundraiser at the home of a person previously convicted of a fraud-related felony. Weiss's conduct during his campaign prompted Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine to demand an investigation into Weiss days before the election.

Despite Weiss's defeat, it seems that Bratton is going to "stand by his man" and use Weiss's "very big Rolodex" to attract clients to the newly formed business, according to the LA Times.

However, Trutanich's concerns as to Weiss's ethics and inability to play by the rules may cause Bratton further embarrassment. It appears that Weiss is currently in violation of California State Bar Rule 2.3 Duty to Update Member Record

According to the State Bar website Rule 2.3 states that:

(A) A member must inform the State Bar of a change of address, telephone number, or e-mail address no later than thirty days after making the change. The member must report a change of address or telephone number online or using the State Bar Address Change Form. The member must make a change of e-mail address online.

Weiss left City Hall on June 30, 2009, over six months ago, however, a search of the State Bar website's attorney records today shows that Weiss has not complied with Rule 2.3 and still lists his address at City Hall as the Councilmember for CD5.

This story broke too late for calls for comments from the State Bar as to Weiss's apparent violation of State Bar Rule 2.3.

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