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The Los Angeles County Criminal Courts Bar Assn. plans to hold a debate among candidates for district attorney Feb. 11, despite incumbent Gil Garcetti's refusal to appear alongside challengers Steve Cooley and Barry Groveman. Attorney Barry Levin, the group's president, said Friday that he was told by Garcetti campaign spokesman Bill Carrick that any debate simply would turn into an attack on the incumbent.
May 18, 2011 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said Tuesday that he would not run for a fourth term as the county's top prosecutor, ending intense speculation and setting the stage for the most competitive district attorney's race in more than a decade. Cooley had remained coy for months about his political future and his decision promises to have a dramatic effect on the 2012 election campaign, which features several candidates who had promised to pull out if Cooley ran again. Cooley told The Times that many of his law enforcement supporters encouraged him to seek reelection but that he decided instead to help Chief Deputy Dist.
October 20, 2012 | By Abby Sewell and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Victorino Noval and his family are enthusiastic supporters of Alan Jackson's bid to become Los Angeles County's next district attorney. The self-styled philanthropist has given $3,000, the legal maximum, to Jackson's election campaign. His three adult sons have donated thousands of dollars, with one son giving $100,000 to the California Republican Party a day before the party spent nearly $80,000 on voter mailers championing the prosecutor. Posted on a Facebook page for Noval's foundation are photographs of a fundraiser Noval says he held for Jackson at his Beverly Hills mansion earlier this year, with guests mingling as a mariachi band played.
March 10, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and NOEL K. WILSON, Times Staff Writers
El Dorado County Dist. Atty. Ron Tepper was found shot to death in his office Thursday in an apparent suicide, police said. Tepper, district attorney since 1977, was discovered locked in a private bathroom adjoining his office by members of his staff who were concerned because they had not seen him at work Thursday morning. "There is no indication at this time that Mr. Tepper's death is anything other than self-inflicted," Placerville Police Chief Robert Harmon said. "Mr.
April 1, 2007 | Yvonne Villarreal, Times Staff Writer
Cecil Hicks, the former district attorney of Orange County and Superior Court judge who was an institution in Southern California legal circles for more than four decades, has died. He was 80. Hicks died Friday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange after a weeks-long bout with pneumonia, said Jo Hicks, his wife of 59 years. Cecil Hicks had served as a deputy district attorney for eight years when Orange County supervisors appointed him district attorney in 1966.
December 21, 1993
The Orange County district attorney's office said Monday that it has settled a lawsuit against a paper-recycling company it had accused of short-weighting customers. Paper Recovery of Orange County, based in Santa Ana, agreed to pay $18,500 without admitting guilt. The money covers penalties, the cost of the investigation and restitution for customers.
September 15, 1999
The Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a $51,878 raise for the district attorney in what is believed to be the biggest pay boost ever for a Los Angeles County elected official. Supervisor Mike Antonovich unsuccessfully tried to scale down the raise. "What an iceberg did to the Titanic this is going to do to the salary structure in the county," said Antonovich, whose proposal to increase the district attorney's pay to $160,000--about the same as the county counsel--died for lack of a second.
October 6, 1992
Stephen Dale Yost, the top administrative officer at the district attorney's office, died Sunday of cancer. He was 44. "I depended on his wisdom, his experience and his good judgment on a daily basis," Dist. Atty. Edwin L. Miller Jr. said Monday. "His death is a huge loss to all of us personally and to the office itself." Yost, a San Diego State University graduate, joined the district attorney's office in 1976 as an administrative assistant.
The race for district attorney intensified this week as a group of attorneys voted not to endorse their own boss, who is seeking reelection. Lawyers in the Orange County district attorney's office disclosed Tuesday that they endorse veteran prosecutor Wally Wade for district attorney. By declining to support incumbent Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas, the Assn. of Orange County Deputy District Attorneys gave Wade his most significant endorsement in the campaign.
June 1, 1996 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
The Orange County district attorney's office has cleared Mayor John W. Hedges of allegations that he improperly influenced an independent board that was reviewing two police officers accused of drinking on duty. In a letter to City Manager Kevin J. Murphy this week, supervising Deputy Dist. Atty. Guy N. Ormes said his office had "developed no evidence of criminal activity which would warrant further involvement by his office."
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