Jackson offers to teach Trutanich a lesson in prosecutorial responsibility.
This from the Alan Jackson for District Attorney campaign:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
John S. Thomas
Alan Jackson for District Attorney 2012
CARMEN TRUTANICH MISHANDLES
OCCUPY LA PROSECUTIONS, BLAMES LAPD
Deputy DA Alan Jackson weighs in on proper prosecution
Los Angeles, January 9th – City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has wasted both city and judicial resources by rushing to file cases against Occupy LA protesters without fully considering the facts of each case. Then, rather than take responsibility for his inability to properly prosecute and oversee those cases, Trutanich blamed our LAPD for his missteps.
As veteran prosecutors know, advising law enforcement of proper procedures and evidence gathering is a central part of the job. If, as quoted by Trutanich’s spokesman, "paperwork errors [were] made by police officers during the November 30 raid," it was Trutanich’s job to identify and correct those mistakes before filing charges. Had Trutanich acknowledged or effectively performed these duties, the City could have avoided these expensive, embarrassing, and very public dismissals.
John S. Thomas (strategist for leading DA candidate DDA Alan Jackson) stated, “Trutanich calls himself a prosecutor, yet he just flunked Prosecution 101. Trutanich failed to work with or stand by our police. Instead, he threw them under the bus when it was politically convenient.”
“The District Attorney prosecutes felonies where lives are at stake each and every day. The DA’s office cannot be led by a grandstanding politician whose basic understanding of prosecutions is obviously inadequate.”
Deputy DA Jackson, a veteran prosecutor, has this take on the role of a public prosecutor:
- To ensure public safety and the fair administration of justice, it is the duty of all prosecutors, including the City Attorney, to consult with and, where requested, advise law enforcement.
- Effective prosecutors use discretion daily and file charges only when 1) available evidence convinces them a public offense has been committed, 2) there is legally sufficient evidence of the accused’s identity, and 3) the elements of the offense charged can be proven by competent evidence in a court of law.
According to Jackson, "The 'Ready, Fire, Aim' approach is never in the best interest of justice."
The public should demand that their next DA should stand with law enforcement, not use our police as a scapegoat for political cover.
Alan Jackson has been a prosecutor in the LA County District Attorney’s office for over 16 years where he has tried nearly 60 felony cases, more than half of which have been murder trials. Jackson spent five years prosecuting hardcore gang cases in Compton, after which he moved to the Major Crimes Division where he has led the prosecution in some of California’s highest profile cases. Prior to becoming a Deputy DA, Jackson served in the United States Air Force as a jet engine mechanic. Currently, Jackson serves as the Assistant Head Deputy of the Major Crimes Division, where he oversees the office’s most complex and high-profile cases.
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