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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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October 30, 2002 | Steve Berry, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office is investigating whether City Council members in several outlying municipalities have been illegally using government credit cards to pay the dinner tabs of people they meet to discuss government business, according to a top county prosecutor. The investigations stem from citizen complaints in three or four cities, not including the city of Los Angeles, said David E. Demerjian, head of the district attorney's public integrity division.
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February 24, 2002 | STEVE BERRY and ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Los Angeles County district attorney's chronic failure to be ready for trials on time threatens the effectiveness of the popular "one-trial" jury system, scheduled to expand to the largest courthouses downtown next month, top legal officials say. Several judges said that although the one-trial system is working elsewhere, delays blamed on prosecutors in Los Angeles could create a ripple effect that limits juror availability.
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December 3, 2001 | STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As he completes his first year as Los Angeles County's district attorney, Steve Cooley may be finding some truth in the old political saw that running for an office is often easier than running an office. Last year, a confluence of events and historical factors helped Cooley, 54, skate to a landslide. He had the advantage of going against a wounded incumbent--Gil Garcetti--who, five years after the fact, was still tainted as the prosecutor whose office lost the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
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September 23, 2001 | CECILIA RASMUSSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a place where public murals are usually obscured by graffiti, Los Angeles' newest and largest indoor mural is about as safe as a work of public art can be. It's also a little hard to get to see: First, you must pass guards and metal detectors. Then, you have to make your way up to the top floor of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Building--more popularly known as downtown's Criminal Courts Building.
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September 14, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The California Supreme Court rebuffed an attempt Thursday by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office to disqualify Superior Court Judge Terry Green from hearing contempt proceedings against Michael Duarte, a prosecutor accused of misconduct. Duarte allegedly concealed evidence from the defense during a capital murder case, in violation of a court order.
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August 23, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said Wednesday that he has narrowed his criminal investigation into the construction of the Belmont Learning Complex and has ruled out some theories of possible wrongdoing in the case. Cooley also said he has reorganized the task force he formed seven months ago to determine whether any environmental laws were broken by Los Angeles Unified School District officials or by the unfinished high school's developer and consulting firms.
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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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