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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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LA Times tips three DDAs for Superior Court

Deputy District Attorneys Sean Coen, Andrea Thompson and Eric Harmon all received the endorsement of the Los Angeles Times on Sunday in their bids to become Los Angeles Superior Court Judges.

Deputy District Attorneys Shannon Knight and Craig Gold, who are also running, also received high praise from the Times Editorial Board, but unfortunately the Times cannot endorse two candidates for the same Judicial Office. Thompson and Knight are both running for Office 65, while Coen and Gold are both running for Office 3. Harmon, running for Office 114, is fortunate not to have to face a fellow Deputy DA in his race.


Trutanich's ability to prosecute corruption questioned


We're not talking about the absolute farce nightmare that would result from giving a deceitful politician like Carmen Trutanich the keys to the Grand Jury or control of the Public Integrity Division, Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey made that crystal clear last week. Rather it's an interesting legal issue raised by Los Angeles Attorney Richard Lee Abrams in his recent article at CityWatch

Abrams makes the case that Trutanich, if elected as DA, would be ethically prevented from prosecuting City of Los Angeles elected and appointed officials because as City Attorney, he has been privy to their confidential information. Although ethics has never been one of Trutanich's strong suits, it could explain why so many at the Los Angeles City Council are supporting Trutanich's campaign; it gives them a form of immunity from being prosecuted by the DA's Office if the voters are conned into electing Trutanich to the DA's Office.


Lacey campaign to hold 'massive' fundraiser tonight


We hope to have full details later in the day, but sources inform the Dragnet that Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey's campaign to become District Attorney is about to get a major boost from a VIP fundraiser in LA's Westside tonight. The event is said to be already 'sold out' to a large group of well-heeled guests and sources say that Lacey could again eclipse rival Trutanich in fundraising when the next campaign finance reports are filed.

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