|RadarOnline.com reports that a reduction to a misdemeanor could |
result from today's preliminary hearing.
An apparently well-connected source told RadarOnline that "Judge Sautner has indicated to the DA and Lindsay's attorney that there is a very good chance that at the conclusion of the preliminary hearing she will reduce the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor.”
If indeed, the grand theft charge is reduced to a misdemeanor, it raises the question as to whether the District Attorney's Office and Danette Meyers will continue to be able to prosecute the case. The Venice Beach area where the crime allegedly occurred is in the City of Los Angeles, and as the City Attorney has fairly exclusive jurisdiction prosecute misdemeanor crimes, the case may have to be transferred to the City Attorney's Office.
Alan Jackson Gains Endorsement from San Gabriel City Councilmember
According to Jackson's website, "San Gabriel City Councilmember Mario De La Torre has added his name to the list of those who support Deputy DA Alan Jackson for District Attorney. The Councilmember’s endorsement highlights Jackson’s strength and willingness to work with the numerous communities within Los Angeles County.
Jackson claimed, “Mario De La Torre knows what it is to serve our community, and all of us benefit from his tireless service. I am honored to have earned his support, and I look forward to working together to keep our streets secure and ensure future generations a safer place to live.”
Councilmember Mario De La Torre stated, "Alan Jackson has been fighting crime and seeking justice for victims in our community for nearly two decades. He is a true defender of the community and all of us are lucky have him working hard to keep us secure. Because of the job Alan Jackson does every day, we are all better off. Alan has my full support in his bid to become District Attorney. When he is elected, I look forward to partnering with Alan Jackson to make our community even safer."
Deputy DA Alan Jackson has earned strong support from other elected officials such as State Senator Tony Strickland, Los Angeles City Councilmember Dennis Zine, Long Beach City Attorney Robert Shannon, and former La Cañada-Flintridge Mayor and current City Councilmember Steve Del Guercio."