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May 11, 2001 | ANA BEATRIZ CHOLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge said Thursday he will instruct jurors that a prosecutor of two men accused of killing a West Hills couple in 1998 concealed important evidence during their continuing trial. The four-month trial was abruptly halted earlier this week after Judge Terry A. Green was informed that notes from an interview with a key prosecution witness had been rewritten by a law clerk at the direction of Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Duarte.
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April 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A veteran prosecutor and former Municipal Court judge will become Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley's second in command. Cooley said Thursday that Assistant Dist. Atty. Lawrence Mason will become his chief deputy effective May 1. He succeeds Curt Livesay, another veteran prosecutor, who came out of retirement to serve as interim chief deputy after Cooley was elected last year.
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March 30, 2001
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley announced Thursday that he is shuffling staff in 10 branch offices to concentrate more on crimes of sexual abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, family violence and hate crimes. The new Victim Impact Program, which begins Monday, will enable the same deputy district attorney to be involved in a given case from beginning to end, in what is termed "vertical prosecution."
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March 24, 2001 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles alternate public defender complained to a Superior Court judge Friday that Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley is no more forthcoming than his predecessor on discovery issues involving LAPD officers. If anything, attorney Gary S. Wigodsky said at a hearing Friday, the district attorney's office has gotten worse. Wigodsky said that in three cases the office did not turn over discovery material to the defense, including statements made by informant Rafael Perez, a former LAPD officer. "The D.A.'
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February 10, 2001 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the behest of police officer associations, Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley on Friday rescinded a policy of his predecessor aimed at ensuring that criminal defendants receive information about the credibility of officers who are witnesses in their cases. The policy, setting up a central computer database to track allegations of officer misconduct, had been announced in October by then-Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti in the wake of the Rampart LAPD police scandal.
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February 2, 2001 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office plans to tell a judge today that it no longer needs former LAPD officer Rafael Perez in connection with the Rampart corruption investigation and that he can be sent to state prison to finish out his sentence for stealing cocaine. "Basically, what we're saying is he doesn't have to be housed [in Los Angeles] anymore," said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the district attorney.
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February 2, 2001 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County prosecutors will not treat a defendant who received two bottles of stolen ArmorAll and another defendant charged with possessing a small amount of cocaine as third-strike felons facing 25 years to life in prison. Prosecutors said Thursday that the decision came after defense attorneys in the two cases complained publicly that newly elected Dist. Atty.
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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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