An attorney for Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre said Saturday that he has refused to divulge a portion of the councilman's financial records that were requested as part of an investigation into possible violations of the city's campaign contribution law.
Attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. said records relating to Alatorre's recent City Council race already have been turned over to city investigators. But he said that accounts relating to Alatorre's previous campaigns for state office were irrelevant to the city probe.
"It's an inappropriate forum and I don't think we should do it," Cochran said. "We have tried to cooperate. We supplied them with everything else. This is just one portion. . . . Other documents relate to city matters. This relates to his state campaigns and that's not even their bailiwick."
A Bad Precedent
Cochran also said the request would set a bad precedent for other City Council members in case of future investigations. He said he made his position known in a letter to the staff of City Clerk Lee Martinez last week.