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January 16, 2001 | TWILA DECKER and PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley was in office only a day when he gave the conditional go-ahead to arrest the self-professed "Angel of Death," Glendale respiratory therapist Efren Saldivar, who confessed in 1998 to poisoning as many as 50 patients but later recanted. Though lab tests had long ago produced a series of "hits" for the paralyzing drug Pavulon in the bodies of former patients, Cooley's predecessor, Gil Garcetti, had not filed charges.
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January 14, 2001 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year and a half ago, as detectives tell the story, a man obsessed with his ex-girlfriend stormed into the home of a family he didn't know and began shooting at point-blank range. Among the four people he killed that night in Rosemead was a 14-year-old boy whom he hunted down on the sidewalk and shot in the head in front of the boy's pleading mother. The suspect then fled to Mexico, where he has remained free.
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January 12, 2001 | TWILA DECKER and HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley announced Thursday that he will appeal a judge's order throwing out convictions of three LAPD police officers accused of framing gang members--keeping alive the first prosecution in an ongoing investigation into corruption at the LAPD. Cooley filed a brief notice of appeal in anticipation of a hearing that is scheduled for Tuesday before Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Connor.
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January 10, 2001 | From a Times Staff Writer
The district attorney's office is expanding a task force that is looking into possible crimes related to construction of the Belmont Learning Complex. Investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District's inspector general will join the probe of the unfinished high school near downtown, task force chief Anthony Patchett said. The task force will explore issues raised by the schools' inspector general, Don Mullinax.
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January 9, 2001 | TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County's new district attorney has decided to forgo the death penalty and seek life sentences in some murder cases in which foreigners have fled to homelands that refuse extradition in death cases. Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley's new policy is aimed at spurring extraditions and ending stalemates that have seen some suspects, wanted for murders here, remain at large in Mexico and other countries that refuse to subject their citizens to capital punishment.
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December 20, 2000 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Newly elected Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley unveiled Tuesday his much anticipated new policy for applying California's three-strikes law, asking his prosecutors to take a closer look at the crimes that suspects are accused of committing before pursuing them as three-strikes cases that carry mandatory 25-year sentences. In California, a defendant automatically faces 25 years in prison if convicted of a third felony.
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December 15, 2000 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys for former fugitive Sara Jane Olson, who is accused of trying to kill two Los Angeles police officers while a member of a radical 1970s revolutionary group, do not deserve another delay in the upcoming trial, the district attorney's office argues in documents filed Thursday. Another continuance would unjustly reward Olson's two lawyers for failing to prepare and for playing games with the court, Deputy Dist. Attys. Eleanor Hunter and Michael Latin say in the motion.
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December 13, 2000 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles deputy district attorney has been promoted to head deputy retroactively after settling her lawsuit against the previous administration--a case that became a rallying point for critics of former Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti. Monika Blodgett, who was transferred to a nonsupervisory role after she complained to the news media about the handling of cases in the Torrance office, also agreed to a $480,000 settlement, which includes $45,000 in back pay.
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December 4, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Steve Cooley is sworn in today as Los Angeles County's 36th district attorney, he will be in congenial surroundings: on a stage at Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Fine Arts Complex, where he once was honored as alumnus of the year and where his daughter once danced in "The Nutcracker." After that, he will enter a world both familiar and foreign.
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November 30, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
The author of California's three-strikes law on Wednesday accused incoming Los Angeles Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley of preparing to "let career, serious and violent criminals off the hook" if their third felonies are nonviolent. "It's just a matter of time," California Secretary of State Bill Jones said, "before one of these violent career criminals who could have been removed from our neighborhoods for a nonviolent felony will be released to rape, rob, molest or murder innocent Californians."
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