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August 20, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael Duarte is a veteran of high-stakes courtroom battles, prosecuting gang members, murderers and a serial killer. But these days, he is engaged in legal warfare of a different sort, and the stakes could include his future in the district attorney's office. Duarte is trying to fend off accusations that he intentionally concealed evidence from defense attorneys during a capital murder case.
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July 27, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
District attorney's officials have decided not to appeal a judge's decision earlier this week to release corrupt former LAPD Officer Rafael Perez from prison, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Prosecutors initially said they would appeal the Monday ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry on the grounds that he overstepped his authority by releasing Perez, the key informant in the Rampart corruption scandal.
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June 28, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It didn't take long for the district attorney's new public integrity division to pounce on its first targets. Only 6 months old, the unit charged with rooting out political corruption in Los Angeles County has raided city halls and searched officials' homes at gunpoint. It has gained the authority to listen in on closed-door meetings of one school district.
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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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