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December 6, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Five candidates have filed papers to run against incumbent Steve Cooley for Los Angeles County district attorney, according to the county's registrar-recorder. The candidates, who must be lawyers, are environmental attorney Roger Carrick, Head Deputy Dist. Atty. Tom Higgins, Deputy Dist. Atty. Denise Moehlman, former Deputy Dist. Atty. Anthony Patchett and former City Councilman Nick Pacheco. The office is nonpartisan. Cooley took office as the county's chief prosecutor in December 2000.
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November 20, 2003 | Ralph Frammolino and Ted Rohrlich, Times Staff Writers
A former prosecutor who publicly criticized Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley says he was fired from his new job at a leading corporate law firm because its partners wanted to curry favor with the district attorney on behalf of a wealthy client. The firm -- Howrey Simon Arnold & White -- represents Los Angeles developer Alan Casden, whose company is under investigation by the district attorney's office for possible violations of campaign finance laws. Former Deputy Dist. Atty.
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November 4, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Former City Councilman Nick Pacheco announced Monday that he is considering running against Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley for the county's top prosecutor position. Pacheco represented the 14th District on the Eastside from 1999 until this year, when he lost his bid for reelection to former Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa. Pacheco said that Cooley told the voters what they wanted to hear, but that he has not proved to be a strong leader for the county.
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October 23, 2003 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has raised more than $710,000 for his reelection campaign. The Republican has been endorsed by large unions, including the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Assn. and the powerful Service Employees International Union. The county Democratic Party hasn't found anyone to challenge him. But Cooley's announcement Wednesday that he will seek reelection is just the beginning, political observers say.
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October 23, 2003 | Ralph Frammolino, Nicholas Riccardi and Ted Rohrlich, Times Staff Writers
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office missed a rare opportunity to plumb back-room patronage and deal-making when it shut down a corruption investigation earlier this year without fully exploring allegations that an influential lobbyist had engaged in bribery and other wrongdoing. The lobbyist, Art M. Gastelum, is a prominent political fund-raiser and owns a company that has managed numerous government construction projects in Southern California.
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October 8, 2003 | Peter Y. Hong and Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writers
Officers with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office raided Los Angeles City College and the office of the Los Angeles Community College District on Tuesday as part of a criminal probe. District attorney's spokesman Joseph Scott confirmed that agents seized property at the campus and district office, but refused to comment on the operation beyond saying it was "an ongoing criminal investigation." The raid was conducted by the district attorney's Justice Systems Integrity division.
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February 20, 2003 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
In the latest reversal of his campaign rhetoric, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley announced Wednesday that an internal review of crime prevention programs he once criticized as wasteful and politically motivated has found that the operations are worthwhile and, in most cases, should be expanded.
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February 13, 2003 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
When South Gate Treasurer Albert Robles was recalled last month, Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley issued a statement calling it "a victory for good government." Cooley had reason to celebrate -- his office's prosecution of Robles was cited as one of the key reasons to remove the 37-year-old political boss. But at the same time, Robles is a free man because Cooley's office could not convict him on charges of making terrorist threats against politicians.
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November 21, 2002 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
Attorneys for Newhall Land & Farming Co. will meet with prosecutors Monday in an effort to settle a criminal charge the company is facing for bulldozing a streambed on the site of the proposed 21,600-home Newhall Ranch subdivision. The Los Angeles County district attorney charged the company in September with one misdemeanor count of altering a streambed after officials from the California Department of Fish and Game noticed the damage in a flyover of the site near Santa Clarita.
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November 14, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
The Los Angeles district attorney's office Wednesday released the final version of a media policy requiring prosecutors "as a general rule" not to oppose allowing cameras in the courtroom. That policy also says the office will oppose gag orders by judges prohibiting the parties in cases from discussing the trials publicly outside the courtroom.
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