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December 13, 1986
George H. Johnson, retired deputy district attorney of Los Angeles County, former district attorney of San Bernardino County and a member of the 1913 state Legislature, is dead. Johnson was 99 when he died Dec. 6 in Los Angeles. In 1913, at age 26, he became the youngest member of the Assembly and served two terms. He passed the California State Bar examination at a time when a college degree was not a requisite, but he did earn a law degree from Loyola University later.
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September 4, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Jill Cowan
A Bakersfield elementary school principal who was arrested in connection with her husband's death has been released pending further investigation, the Kern County Sheriff's Department said. Leslie Jenea Chance, 46, was released from custody Tuesday evening after five days in jail. Chance was expected to be arraigned in the shooting death of her husband, 45-year-old Todd Chance, but just hours after investigators gave Kern County prosecutors their report on the slaying, prosecutors sent it back and ordered her released.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1995 | CHING-CHING NI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former deputy district attorney alleges in a lawsuit against Orange County that she was forced to quit her job because her supervisors ignored her complaints that she was being sexually harassed by another deputy district attorney and a county investigator.
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April 3, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
President Obama was in Colorado on Wednesday, hoping to use the recent enactment of gun-control legislation there as a way to spur support for his own package of proposals. But a politically purple state such as Colorado can also offer ammunition for those fighting controls -- including a recent attack that led to the death of a man accused of breaking into the home of a deputy district attorney and her husband, a deputy sheriff. For some, the shooting earlier this week plays into an argument made in December by National Rifle Assn.
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April 22, 1994 | DWAYNE BRAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A deputy district attorney prosecuting a 14-year-old Simi Valley boy in the stabbing of a classmate on Thursday called the defendant a malicious killer who deserves to be convicted of murder and vehemently denied the victim was a bully. Deputy Dist. Atty. James D. Ellison took exception to the defense's contention that the victim, 14-year-old Chad Hubbard, regularly picked fights with defendant Phillip Hernandez while they attended Valley View Junior High School.
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August 19, 1986 | JIM SCHACHTER, Times Staff Writer
A county prosecutor has sought to intimidate police supervisors to keep them from providing information about the mental state and past performance of a San Diego police officer who has shot three civilians in the last five years, a defense attorney charged Monday in court.
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February 11, 1997 | DEBORAH BELGUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Dana Garcetti--former pastry chef and math teacher and now novice deputy district attorney--has a confession to make. There have been moments when it hasn't been all that easy being the boss' daughter, but she doesn't take it personally. She remembers the time she was cornered in a bathroom at the downtown Criminal Courts Building and given some unsolicited advice. "Watch your back," she was told, because people were talking about her.
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August 11, 1990 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Ventura County Municipal Court judge on Friday granted a new trial in the case of an Oxnard man who was convicted of using heroin by a jury that included a county prosecutor as its foreman. But in making his ruling, Judge Steven E. Hintz did not throw out the first trial because of the appearance of impropriety of allowing a seasoned prosecutor to sit on a jury that convicted William Lopez after 15 minutes of deliberation.
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July 25, 1991 | PEGGY Y. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man suspected of ransacking a Spring Valley pharmacy, tying up the owner and trying to set fire to it was released from jail because a prosecutor forgot to charge him with the crime. "It was a mistake," said Joseph L. Van Orshoven, the deputy district attorney who was supposed to file charges against Gregory Edward Gartiser. "It was my intention to (do it) on Monday, and the damn thing slipped my mind."
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August 5, 1995 | SUSAN MARQUEZ OWEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Robert L. Citron appeared in Orange County Superior Court on Friday for a brief hearing at which he again waived his right to sentencing and agreed to return to court Oct. 13 for another hearing. Deputy Dist. Atty. Matthew Anderson said Citron waived his right to a speedy sentencing in April when he pleaded guilty to felony charges and, for a second time, waived his legal right to "sentencing within a reasonable amount of time" on Friday.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Federal agents arrested 14 people - including a former deputy district attorney - for allegedly running a stock manipulation scheme from Southern California that cost investors more than $30 million. Authorities said the scheme involved the heavy promotion of worthless stocks, which the perpetrators later sold for huge profits in a classic “pump-and-dump” scheme. One of the stocks - for a company called frogads.com - was promoted in an infomercial by actress Pamela Anderson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
A candidate in the race to become Los Angeles County's top prosecutor has filed a lawsuit to prevent L.A. City Atty. Carmen Trutanich from calling himself "chief prosecutor" or "chief criminal prosecutor" on the June ballot. In the suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday, Alan Jay Jackson accused Trutanich of using the "factually untrue, confusing and misleading" descriptions as part of an effort to fool voters into believing he has authority "beyond the bounds" of Los Angeles' city limits.
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December 19, 2011 | By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
From the day authorities handcuffed and led away eight Bell administrators and politicians in a massive public corruption case, people in this small working-class town have wondered why it wasn't the Bell 9 instead. Missing in the line-up of defendants — from city administrator Robert Rizzo to the pastor who said his lavish paycheck for serving on the City Council was a gift from God — was the town's police chief. For running the city's 46-person Police Department, Randy Adams made more than the Los Angeles police chief or the Los Angeles County sheriff.
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October 15, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A prosecutor on Friday accused attorneys representing Michael Jackson's personal physician of putting on an "ever-changing defense" by dropping their contention that the pop star swallowed the anesthetic that led to his death. In a hearing outside the jury's presence Friday, Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren remarked on the announcement this week that the defense had ruled out a theory it had previously argued — that Jackson had ingested the anesthetic propofol — because it wasn't supported by science.
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November 12, 2010 | By Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley waged an illegal anti-union campaign in which he and his staff harassed and unfairly disciplined union officers, a county hearing officer has decided in a labor dispute. In a sharply worded decision issued Wednesday, Thomas S. Kerrigan found that veteran prosecutors with outstanding evaluations were transferred to less desirable assignments in retaliation for their union work. The conclusions follow more than a year of legal wrangling at the county Employee Relations Commission between Cooley and the Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2009 | Robert Faturechi
A union representing deputy district attorneys filed a lawsuit last week against Los Angeles County and Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley alleging the department's senior managers retaliated against employees for unionizing last year. The complaint accuses Los Angeles County's top law enforcer of using "19th century thuggery commonly employed against union organizers," including punitive work transfers. The Assn. of Deputy District Attorneys, which began representing about 1,000 Los Angeles County prosecutors in March 2008, is currently in the midst of contract negotiations with the district attorney's office and the county.
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September 25, 1990 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brows arch, eyes roll and barbs dart across the courtroom at the preliminary hearing in the conspiracy-embezzlement case of Tom and Ingrid Ely. The three lawyers in the case have crossed swords before, notably on high-profile murder cases. But while the technical nature of the Ely case doesn't provoke the passions of a murder trial, the lawyers have enough history together to get each other's backs up. On Aug. 14, Ventura Community College District Trustee James T.
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May 24, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
County officials Angel M. Bermudez and John M. Monterosso were appointed Superior Court judges Wednesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Bermudez, 42, had been the county's senior deputy district attorney; Monterosso, 42, was the county's supervising deputy district attorney. They fill vacancies created by the retirements of Judges B.J. Bjork and Erik Kaiser.
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May 19, 2009 | Alexandra Zavis
When Anthony Colannino, a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, looked at his pay stub for the last two weeks of June, he assumed there must have been a mistake: He had received only $271.98, more than $3,000 less than the county usually pays him. No mistake, Colannino was told when he queried the amount. He had been docked 11 days' pay because he had exceeded the amount of time his office would allow him to work in the California State Military Reserve.
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May 24, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
County officials Angel M. Bermudez and John M. Monterosso were appointed Superior Court judges Wednesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Bermudez, 42, had been the county's senior deputy district attorney; Monterosso, 42, was the county's supervising deputy district attorney. They fill vacancies created by the retirements of Judges B.J. Bjork and Erik Kaiser.
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