Monday, April 9, 2012 was Judgment Day for Carmen 'Chief of Nothing' Trutanich when a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge granted District Attorney candidate Alan Jackson's writ of mandate prohibiting Trutanich from using his false and misleading ballot titles. "You're not the chief of anything in Los Angeles County" Judge Joseph Kalin said, summarily dismissing Trutanich's feeble claim that he was either the 'Los Angeles Chief Prosecutor' or the 'Chief Criminal Prosecutor.' In less than 45 minutes, a judge told him he was neither.
A hushed silence fell on Judge Kalin's courtroom at 1:30PM Monday, April 9, 2012, as the case of Jackson v. Trutanich was called. Trutanich was not present, neither were any of his campaign advisers. His sole representative was his lawyer, who had a worried expression on his face.
Things did not go well for Trutanich from the get go as Judge Kalin commenced the proceedings by delivering his his tentative ruling; he was going to grant Jackson's petition and prevent Trutanich from misleading voters with the false and misleading ballot titles Trutanich had penned on his worksheet.
In a desperate effort to minimize the damage to Trutanich's already tattered and tainted credibility, Trutanich's lawyer used a 35-page Wikipedia printout to try to convince Judge Kalin that voters would not think that the words 'Los Angeles' meant Los Angeles County. They would realize that 'Los Angeles' meant only the City of Los Angeles because Wikipedia says so. Trutanich's lawyer argued this with a straight face, but a less than convincing tone. He should have saved his breath. The judge wasn't buying it.
The argument that Trutanich was a 'Chief Prosecutor' in relation to Los Angeles County was similarly dismissed. 'Trutanich is not the chief of anything in Los Angeles County' the judge said. The judge did say that 'Los Angeles' could be used as long as it was clear that it referred to the City of Los Angeles, accordingly Trutanich was left with the rather undistinguished ballot designation 'Los Angeles City Prosecutor,' which is the same ballot designation that a Grade I Deputy City Attorney could use.
If Judgment Day was a disaster for Trutanich, his senior campaign adviser, John Shallman, was quick to add to the disaster by proclaiming the judge's ruling as a 'victory,' suggesting that Shallman is perhaps cracking under the strain of trying to deal with Trutanich's rapidly disintegrating campaign.
It fell to Alan Jackson's political strategist, John Thomas, to make the only statement that made any sense. 'This guy [Trutanich] is a pathological liar,' he said 'Now we have a judge who is agreeing with us.'
A couple of weeks ago, Trutanich bragged that he would win this case, saying that he was 'looking forward to getting Jackson's attorney fees check.' It seems that the shoe is on the other foot now that the judge has ruled against Trutanich.
KFI AM640's John & Ken show had some choice remarks to make about Trutanich's defeat during the 5 o'clock rush hour, raising the level of criticism and disdain for Trutanich to previously unheard of levels.
While Trutanich's campaign has been trashed by scandal after scandal, this courtroom defeat is a clear sign that neither the media, the courts, nor the candidates are going to buy what Trutanich is selling. Voters will get a chance to join that ever growing group on June 5, 2012. In the meantime, this defeat is a major setback for the man who thought he could lie, bully and bullshit his way into the DA's Office. As Jackson's strategist said 'He got a real reality check today.' Few would disagree.