According to the LA Times, Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson is to leave the DA's Office and pursue a career as a civil litigator with the law firm of Palmer, Lombardi and Donohue LLP, whose three partners were political supporters of his election campaign.
pathological liar,' according to Jackson's campaign strategist, John Thomas.
Jackson won a place in the run off election, where his campaign against then Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey drew criticism for unwarranted negativity. Ultimately Jackson lost his bid to be DA, and subsequently complained when he was reassigned as part of a major reorganization of the Office attendant to the new administration.
Although neither demoted nor relocated, Jackson told the LA Times that his new assignment as Assistant Head Deputy in Central Trials was a 'backward step for his career.' He complained of being required to handle what he described as 'garden variety felony' and misdemeanor
cases rather than the complex, high-profile murder cases he directed and
tried for years in the office's elite major crimes division. Few agreed with Jackson's remarks, indeed, many viewed his statements as insulting to the vast majority of Deputy District Attorneys who fulfill the mission of the Office with pride and professionalism regardless of their assignment.
'There are more opportunities outside the office than inside at this point,' Jackson told the Times about his decision to leave. Lacey's spokeswoman, Jean Guccione, thanked Jackson for his 'excellent trial work' and wished him well.
Jackson said he had no regrets about running for the office but has no immediate plans to seek election in the future. He said he wished Lacey the best in her new job and harbors no hard feelings toward her. 'I gave my best effort and it's time to look in a different direction, but I don't close any doors,' he said. 'It was an amazing honor to run for D.A.' Jackson told the Times.
While there is no denying that Jackson's remarks, as well as his negative attacks on Lacey were poor choices, there is no denying that Jackson was a central and effective force in preventing the DA's Office from falling into the hands of an ego maniac. For that Jackson deserves our thanks, and best wishes in his new career.
Interestingly, Jackson may be destined to do battle with Trutanich again. His new employer lists Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. as one of their clients. Deutsche Bank is currently being sued by Trutanich in what appears to be a purely headline grabbing lawsuit, doubtless designed bolster Trutanich's failing career. Trutanich touted the 'slumlord' lawsuit during his failed DA campaign, and currently does so in his increasingly desperate reelection campaign.
To listen to Trutanich, you might think he had already won the lawsuit, however, as the case approaches second anniversary of its much hailed filling, it appears to be no closer to trial than it was when it was filed, and nowhere near succeeding. Trutanich has a long record of threatening lawsuits and prosecutions, most of which go nowhere once they have grabbed the headlines his ego demands. Many will recall his 'criminal aspects' investigation into AEG's handling of the Michael Jackson memorial, and equally recall that it never saw the inside of a courtroom, far less a verdict.
If Jackson and Trutanich do battle again, there is little doubt as to who will be the victor; Jackson's record as a tallented trial lawyer is as much a legend as Trutanich's is as a bully, blowhard, and blusterer.
For the record, it is unknown whether Palmer, Lombardi and Donohue LLP represents Deutsche Bank in Trutanich's lawsuit.