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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ipsen "Woefully Unqualified to be District Attorney" Wholly Unqualified to Lead ADDA Agency Shop?

The Los Angeles Metropolitan News Enterprise yesterday published an excoriating condemnation of Association of Deputy District Attorney's Board Leader and President in Waiting Steve Ipsen.

The Met News cataloged a shocking record of prosecutorial "misconduct," "betrayal" of duties and "gross irresponsibility," before perhaps inevitably concluding Ipsen to be "woefully unqualified to be district attorney."


The Met News editorial, "No on Ipsen," can and should be read, shared and discussed. It can be accessed by clicking here.

Although Ipsen's chances of becoming DA are slim to none (he failed miserably in is last attempt), the Met News editorial conveys highly relevant information for DDAs about the man who wants to be their leader, either as their boss, or as their representative.

Approximately 1,000 Deputy District Attorneys are about to vote on whether to entrust Ipsen with the leadership of a so-called Agency Shop "union" that he founded and has continued to lead (despite feigning a resignation in 2009). Many might well believe that the Met News Editorial best illustrates not only how "wholly unqualified" Ipsen is for the role of District Attorney, but also what a grave mistake it would be for DDAs to support an Agency Shop union that would be subject to Ipsen's record of "gross irresponsibility."

The impetus for the Met News editorial appears to be the recent unauthorized transmission of a confidential DA's Office memorandum to the Los Angeles Times. The memorandum, written by Ipsen, criticized the prosecution of an ex-skinhead, tattooed-up white supremacist third-strike defendant. The Met News concluded that "it is doubtful that the confidential memo would have been supplied to the Times by anyone other than Ipsen. An e-mail was sent to Ipsen by this newspaper yesterday asking if he denied doing so; there was no response."

It is interesting that the Met News focused on Ipsen's apparent disregard for confidential information. It was around this time last year that Ipsen's ADDA Board became aware of ADDA Treasurer Loren Naiman's similar disregard for confidential information when his negligence allowed criminals to obtain DDA's personal bank and residence details; Naiman left his personal laptop unattended in his vehicle and it was stolen. The laptop contained scanned images of DDA's checks that Naiman had stored without permission, together with hundreds, if not thousands, of unauthorized copies of police reports regarding ongoing criminal investigations. The ADDA did not lift a finger to warn DDAs that their confidential information had been compromised.

Like Ipsen, Naiman resigned from the ADDA. Equally like Ipsen, Naimen was summarily reinstated to the ADDA Board without a vote by members, perhaps a tacit approval by the ADDA Board of the actions and conduct of the pair.
 
In fairness to Ipsen, some might take the view that Ipsen is precisely the kind of person that they want to represent them. In any organization with over 1,000 professionals, there are bound to be a few malcontents. The malcontents mostly seem to be the ADDA Board, or certainly it's Ipsen-led majority. They ensure their perpetuated existence by resigning for incompetence and then being reinstated without votes. They manipulate and control by either failing to follow their own rules, or changing the rules to suit themselves. When decent people express dissent, they are castigated and attacked with meritless lawsuits funded by members' dues or bailouts from AFSCME.

This is what is in store for Deputy District Attorneys if they allow this Ipsen-led Agency Shop union to become their worst nightmare. It is time for DDAs to become engaged and to vote "NO" on the Agency Shop, unless you want this kind of incompetence, irresponsibility and insanity to be your voice.

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22 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is exactly what DDA's need to consider as they weigh agency shop. During the ADDA elections (just a few months ago) Ipsen ran for ADDA Treasurer against a relative unknown, Douglas Sherrod. Sherrod trounced Ipsen. Not because the members had any sort of special affection for Sherrod, but because rank and file DDAs do not trust Ipsen. So what does the ADDA Board of Directors do? Appoint Ipsen to the first available vacancy! The current ADDA Board is hopelessly tied to this scoundrel.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't a memo like this be disclosed to the defense as Brady? The defense called a press conference about that case and the author of the LA Times was there. It is so obvious that Roger Grace distorts everything and is so desparate to try to destroy the union and Ipsen. Nuch will be your boss soon and you will be begging the union to help you keep your job.

Anonymous said...

6:13am aka ADDA troll. No you idiot, a confidential memo is not Brady, it is something called Attorney Work Product and it is not discoverable. The statements of the parole agents and the sheriff's deputies are Brady material and they are discoverable and Ipsen disclosed them. Your statement is the clearest example of why you people are unfit to represent professionals; you do not know what Attorney Work Product is, probably because you never do any real work.

Anonymous said...

Somebody called Joe Friday has finally had the courage and the sense to connect nearly all the dots. The problem with the ADDA is that it is ruled by a bunch of malcontents who share a common trait; ineptitude. Each and every one of the Board Majority has a rap sheet and record of failure almost as disgusting as Ipsen's. Why don't you add the long list of grievances that they all have filed? Why don't you mention that they are all part of the meritless federal lawsuit? This Agency Shop union is not about improving the workplace conditions for the rank and file, it is all about leveraging and legitimizing a bunch of incompetents.

Anonymous said...

They ensure their perpetuated existence by resigning for incompetence and then being reinstated without votes. They manipulate and control by either failing to follow their own rules, or changing the rules to suit themselves. When decent people express dissent, they are castigated and attacked with meritless lawsuits funded by members' dues or bailouts from AFSCME.

100% correct!

Anonymous said...

This is Pulitzer stuff Berger. When Nuch takes over and fires you again, maybe the Met News will give you a job. You are a scab and and a management lackey, you will fit in there.

Anonymous said...

What's the Met News? Never heard of that publication.

Anonymous said...

Jackie Lacey is reporting she has raised $84,000, and has cash on hand of approximately $52,000.

This should be adequate to buy Steve Cooley some fine scotch and call it a day.

Anonymous said...

7:56am is probably the most insightful post yet. It shows that no matter how hard the ADDA cronies try to characterize this blog as inconsequential, they can't resist reading it. Second, 7:56am's comment is proof that Ipsen and the ADDA are inextricably intertwined. As others have noted, the ADDA is merely the tentacle of Ipsen's political operation that masquerades as a union. So reprinting an article criticizing Ipsen for his total disregard of legal ethics gets you labeled a "scab."

Need a better reason to fight ADDA agency shop?

Anonymous said...

Keep it up Ipsen, these fools are panicking. Each malcontent Berger blogs about has revealed Cooley's corruption and that is what Cooley can't stand. The office is a disaster and Cooley is going down in federal court where he can't buy off the judge so he uses his little friends to attack the union. Jokes on you guys when the ADDA wins again, and again and again. Cooley is dying for the day where he can impulsively shout WINNING.... but it just isn't going to happen.

Anonymous said...

11:31 "when the ADDA wins again, and again and again..." Huh? The ADDA hasn't won anything that could not have been achieved without the bitterness and rhetoric which delayed sensible workplace accommodations.

Keep up the good work Ipsen and you will get the endorsement of the Aryan Brotherhood and NAMBLA for your campaign.

Anonymous said...

12:49pm makes a number of good points, but I wouldn't have passed up the opportunity to ask if "wins again" includes a $160,000 judgment against the ADDA.

Anonymous said...

You are so pathetic. You just can't control yourself that people love what the ADDA is doing by taking a stand and exposing corruption. Sensible as violating the 1st amendment, purgery, cover up of Brady etc. and the list goes on. Cooley is a disaster and he and his minions who testify under oath will be an embarrassment. Lacey will drop out and Cooley will get back in because he just can't control himself and the urge to shout WINNING... Just like he did when Kamala kicked his slovenly butt in the AG's race.

Anonymous said...

Does "purgery" include "bad faith" and "deliberate manipulation of the evidence?" (see In re Sakaria & Waidla, 35 Cal4th 140).

Of all the impending doom that you speak of being visited on Cooley, NONE of the things that have actually happened has matched the stinging rebuke that Ipsen received from the California Supreme Court.

Anonymous said...

1:33PM - Kamala did not kick Cooley's ass. It was the people of L.A. County who became tired of him and his self righteousness about collecting two checks.

It's why there's so much animosity towards him and the troops wish he would just leave and let Jackie take over.

Anonymous said...

2:53 Um the "troops" don't want Jackie, only Cooley does.

Anonymous said...

I would be interested to see what some of the more mainstream papers say about Ipsen.

Nobdoy really takes the Met News seriously. There are throw away papers in the valley that have higher circulation.

Anonymous said...

4:21 Mainstream papers don't care about Ipsen, only the Met News cares because they have nothing better to do.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of the Met News, in today's column on candidate fundraising one paragraph popped out at me.

"Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson’s amended report said he collected $111,810 in contributions during this reporting period, and made outlays of $118,911. However, he had a beginning balance of $107,205.69, so he was left with $88,573 on hand."

"Amended?" Why did he have to "amend" his report? Are the rumors of financial hanky-panky true?

I'm no math whiz but when I analyze the figures, I don't get to the $230,000 that they claim he raised.

It looks like he's already spent all the money he raised in the last 6 months, and all he has left is the $90,000 he loaned himself to get started.

Anonymous said...

Poor Steve Ipsen. All he can do is anonymously post comments that nobody reads the Met News. I guess it must be true because he clearly read it and he is a nobody.

Say what you will Ipsen, DDAs read the Dragnet as does most of the legal community. Maybe even Federal Judge Otis D. Wright II gets a copy and will begin to understand the other side of the ADDA's pathetic union busting claim.

Anyone who thought Ipsen stank before, now knows why. Keep working on that Aryan Brotherhood endorsement, I bet they love you.

Anonymous said...

4:21pm and 5:48pm - check out the amount of money the serious candidates for DA are collecting from members of the legal community and judges. It runs about 50 percent, and yes, as any serious legal outfit in LA would, these people are reading the Met News. But you are correct, most of the general public is not reading the Met News, but most of the general public doesn't care about the DA's race yet (and is probably more concerned about donating in other races. . . President, Senator etc). So if you're serious about being a DA candidate and fundraising, you're reading the Met News, unless your Steve Ipsen, and your fundraising is focused on recycle-able aluminum ncans and plastic bottles.

Anonymous said...

You're right Ipsen is a nobody, but Dragnat is creeply obsessed with him which is odd for a nobody. So is Roger Grace and Cooley. The ADDA will prevail in federal court, Nuch will be your boss despite all of your lame attacks, and you will be sent to an assignment where you can't blog on county time all day. Then you will really have to stay up late to find fodder and post attacks towards Nuch. What will you do when you have to take orders from him once again? I heard Lindsay Lohan needs somone to run her website for her.