Judge Harvey Silberman Not Guilty of Bribery
The Los Angeles Times reports that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Harvey Silberman was acquitted Monday of the charge that he had offered to pay an opponent to drop out of a 2008 election.
The panel returned the verdict finding Judge Harvey Silberman not guilty of a count of elections code violation after about a day of deliberation, ending a trial that marked a rare prosecution of a sitting judge. Silberman was accused of violating a law that makes it a felony to offer money to dissuade someone from running for public office.
Silberman, 54, broke into a wide grin as the verdict was read and silently mouthed "Thank you" to the jurors. He had faced up to three years in state prison if convicted.
More at the LA Times.
DA Campaign Fundraising Reports To Be Available On-Line
Interested parties will be able to assess the successes or otherwise of the DA candidates on-line "soon," according to sources at the Los Angeles County Recorders Office. Although the candidates have to report their fundraising and expenses for the six month period ending June 30, 2011, those reports were not due to be filed until August 1, 2011. Apparently, candidates can electronically submit their reports, a process that speeds up the on-line availability of the reports. However, the on-line availability of reports submitted by hard copy will be delayed while the data is manually entered.
City Attorney Staff Suffer 14% Pay Cut
Sources at the City Attorney's Office relate that all but a handful of "exceptional" or "essential" City Attorney staff will be forced to take 36 furlough days without pay, and that rather than actually be absent from the workplace on furlough days, they will instead have to leave work one hour earlier every day.
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has not taken any pay cut, it is unclear whether he regards himself as either "exceptional" or "essential," however, we hear that many in the City Attorney's Office consider him to be anything but "exceptional" or "essential."