plaintiff's attorney turned career politician appears to be responsible for a screw up of biblical proportions, due to his failure to understand that the law requires a prosecution within a set time frame; the so-called Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial. In simple terms he was not prepared, was not ready, did not have witnesses and was missing paperwork. The cases were dismissed because despite all of Trutanich's tough talk, he screwed up.
Trutanich's screw up is so fundamental that it will likely undermine whatever little credibility he had with the City Council, who he was going to 'advise' about suing and bankrupting the Occupy LA protesters. The seeds of doubt about Trutanich's credibility were sown not so long ago when he delivered his infamous 'criminal aspects' speech. The promised investigation into the crimes Trutanich implied were committed by AEG in their handling of the Michael Jackson memorial, went on for a year at untold cost, and then quietly went away with no word from the self-proclaimed 'tough guy' of City Hall.
Unlike the 'criminal aspects' scandal, the collapse of the Occupy LA protest cases came more quickly than Trutanich may have expected. When the 'criminal aspects' investigation collapsed, most Los Angelenos couldn't even remember what all the fuss was about. But the situation is markedly different with the Occupy LA protesters, and the public humiliation of the City Attorney's Office due to it's poor leadership, will not be quickly forgotten.
Alan Jackson soars in San Fernando Valley
District Attorney candidate Alan Jackson received a rousing welcome at the San Fernando Valley Republican Club on Tuesday night in marked contrast to the booing, jeering and hissing that previously met Carmen Trutanich at the last meeting. According to sources, while Trutanich was asked to leave 'before things got out of hand,' Jackson was not only cheered but stayed late into the night talking to his voter base.
No doubt buoyed by his recent 'deal sealing' endorsement by Gov. Pete Wilson, the crowded assembly room warmly embraced Jackson who spoke of his record of successes in handling complex high-profile trials as well as his commitment to the core values of the District Attorney's Office.
Jackson is the only Republican in he race and is expected to win a place in the run-off election that will follow the June 5, 2012 primary.