LA Weekly's Gene Maddaus, playwright David Mamet went to bat for bewigged murderer Phil Spector, perhaps to pimp an upcoming movie about the gun-toting seducer who will spend the rest of his miserable life behind bars thanks to Jackson:
"I don't think he's guilty. I definitely think there is reasonable doubt," Mamet says... "They should never have sent him away. Whether he did it or not, we'll never know but if he'd just been a regular citizen, they never would have indicted him."
"Really? Is L.A. known for its unduly harsh treatment of celebrity killers? Hadn't heard that," Maddaus opines.
DA Candidate Alan Jackson, who successfully prosecuted Spector, responded succinctly "When presented with all the facts, an objective and unbiased jury found Mr. Spector guilty of Lana Clarkson's murder. Subsequently, a panel of appellate justices determined that Mr. Spector's conviction was just and proper, citing "overwhelming evidence" of his guilt. I respect the jury's verdict and the process by which that verdict was arrived. The true injustice was suffered by Lana Clarkson, and continues to be suffered by her family and those who love and miss her."Jackson said.
Maddaus concludes his reportage noting that "Jackson is running for D.A., and is planning to use the Spector trial to burnish his crime-fighting image. He will also be a character in Mamet's movie, which should be interesting."
DANETTE MEYERS ON CASEY ANTHONY CASE
celebrity gossip moguls RadarOnline.com during her handling of the Lindsay Lohan case; they've asked Meyer to offer her opinion on the Casey Anthony murder case which is attracting national media attention.
The veteran prosecutor says the defendant must take the stand in her defense, and that she believes a first degree murder conviction is unlikely. "That is going to be a very difficult call for the jury, whether to convict Casey of first or second degree murder,” Meyers says.
Whether Meyers is courting a career in the media as a commentator, or was simply contacted by RadarOnline because of the coverage of the Lohan case, is unclear. What is clear is that those who thought Meyers would recede from the limelight after the Lohan case were wrong.
BOBBY GRACE CONVICTS ANOTHER HIGH-PROFILE MURDERER
was widely reported as DA candidate Bobby Grace brought some closure for the victim's family in this disturbing case. Loera killed bride-to-be of Cheree Osmanhodzic in her home after she returned home from shopping for a wedding dress with her mother. He stabbed Cheree and then set fire to her home.
The case horrified local residents in the quiet Valley Village neighborhood. City Councilman Paul Krekorian issued a statement saying Osmanhodzic's life "was tragically cut short by a senseless act of violence.''
"Today, we can say with complete certainty that Loera will never again see the light of day and no longer presents a danger to society,'' Krekorian said. Krekorian is widely expected to challenge Carmen Trutanich for City Attorney in 2013.
Outside court, the victim's mother said she was thankful that the case had been resolved so quickly.
OK, it's hard to keep track of the number of high-profile murder cases that Bobby Grace has successfully prosecuted since announcing his candidacy, what is this, number four, five or six?
TRUTANICH LIE-GATE SCANDAL CONTINUES TO RANKLE
TRU-Lies op-ed yesterday prompted this comment from someone purporting to be "MC" at the City Attorney's Office"
"Hey David Berger, we all know this is your blog. Instead of slamming the City Attorney's participation in local-federal task forces, why don't you pick up your phone and call the assigned prosecutors? Call me at 213-978-4099, and I will explain the work of our deputy city attorneys who file nuisance abatement actions to remove the bases of operations for these gang members. I think you should also talk to our law enforcement partners who respect our work and the additional legal remedies utilized by the LA City Attorney's Office. And perhaps you would like to talk to residents who are relieved and grateful that these gang members are removed from their neighborhoods. You act like you're a clever investigative journalist. To me, your blog in many instances comes across as the whining of a big baby."
Whether or not the comment is genuinely from the City Attorney's is unclear, however, "MC" in any event fails to answer the questions that we posed regarding Sheriff Baca's false claim that "Trutanich busted the notorious 38th Street Gang— confiscating an arsenal of 80 firearms and removing 57 long time gang members from the streets."
- How many criminal charges were filed by the City Attorney's Office against the 57 gangmembers "removed" by Trutanich?
- Did Trutanich, or even the City Attorney's Office, file any criminal charges in respect of those 80 weapons Trutanich "confiscated?"
We believe the answers are, "Zero" and "No," and that's because Trutanich does not have jurisdiction to prosecute felony crimes, any more than he or Baca has the right to make the ridiculously false claims about the level of his involvement in this matter.
MET NEWS CONCLUDES ITS DA CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS
DA Candidates responded to the final question posed by the Met News in their commendable coverage of the six declared candidates: "What Makes You the Best Suited, Among the Present Candidates, to Be DA?"
Read the candidates' responses at the Met News Enterprise.
TRUTANICH'S SON INJURED IN IRAQ
Sometime snarky bloggers Mulholland Terrace and Zuma Dogg had reported that City Attorney Trutanich was heard to say that he was delaying making a decision on whether to run for District Attorney because his son had been injured in Iraq.
Some had speculated was that Trutanich's son, who is not in the Military, but is an Assistant US Attorney and was believed to be in Iraq on a Dept. of Justice assignment, suffered a sports injury.
Political Pantloads have the audio of Trutanich's statement on their website and on YouTube:
The statement was made on Kevin James' radio show at KRLA 870AM on Sunday morning, June 5, 2011. The full audio can be streamed from KRLA 870AM in case anyone suggests that Trutanich's statement is being taken out of context.
Whether or not Trutanich Snr. was deliberately misleading listeners into thinking that his son was an injured war veteran to curry some sympathy and boost his flagging credibility over claims that he is not actively running for DA, or that he simply blurted something out without thinking (hard to imagine, not), I'm sure we all wish Trutanich Jnr. a speedy recovery.
UPDATED: FRIDAY 6/17 1:25PM
Publication of our usual "Friday Free For All" has been delayed while we investigate the comment posted at 12:15AM this morning.
Please return to The Dragnet for a full report.