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October 23, 2002 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas' actions in response to a critical grand jury report have "held [his] office and all of law enforcement up to ridicule," State Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer said in a biting letter to the prosecutor. The letter, sent last week, marks another salvo in a dispute between the state's top lawman and Orange County's top lawman.
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October 11, 2002 | STUART PFEIFER and JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas has canceled a new policy that allowed his staff to use money earmarked for law enforcement activities to buy food and alcohol for lobbyists and lawmakers. The action, which Rackauckas outlined in a letter to Orange County Chief Executive Officer Michael Schumacher, comes three months after he created the rules in response to a grand jury report.
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October 4, 2002 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County is known for its stunning 42-mile coastline, dotted by rocky coves, delicate tide pools and stretches of sandy beach. In recent years, the county has also become recognized in legal circles for aggressively prosecuting those who harm those picturesque shores and other natural resources.
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September 18, 2002 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Board of Supervisors doesn't have the authority to take action against Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas despite a grand jury report accusing him of political favoritism and intervening on behalf of campaign contributors, a report released Tuesday said. An outside legal review, commissioned by the board, found that county supervisors cannot intervene because Rackauckas is an independently elected official with separate powers under the state Constitution.
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September 12, 2002 | BILL SHAIKIN and CHRISTINE HANLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Orange County district attorney Wednesday declined to file sexual assault charges against Angel pitcher Jarrod Washburn, closing the matter within hours of receiving the case from Anaheim police investigators. "We have thoroughly reviewed the case, and we are rejecting the case based on a lack of sufficient evidence at this time," Deputy Dist. Atty. Randy Payne said. Washburn had been under investigation for 10 days.
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July 6, 2002 | STUART PFEIFER and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The grand jury that investigated Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas expressed alarm at his personal intervention in criminal cases involving campaign contributors. But around California, other district attorneys have faced similar accusations of mixing politics and justice. To some lawyers and judges, the accusations against Rackauckas point up the contradiction inherent in the job: a district attorney is part politician, part officer of the court.
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June 30, 2002 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Veteran Orange County homicide prosecutor Mike Jacobs and his two colleagues built their case methodically and in total secrecy. By February 2001, they were ready to move. The subject of their investigation wasn't a murder suspect or drug kingpin, but their own boss, Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas. The three prosecutors flew to Sacramento and presented their dossier at the state attorney general's office.
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June 29, 2002 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted Friday to hire a private law firm to examine accusations of cronyism and mismanagement leveled by the grand jury against Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas. Supervisors had originally intended to review the grand jury report, weighing in on each of its 92 findings and 42 recommendations. Minutes before the meeting, however, Rackauckas challenged the board's authority to act on the report.
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June 27, 2002 | STUART PFEIFER, JEAN O. PASCO and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas defended his performance as the county's top law enforcement officer Wednesday, dismissing a scathing grand jury report as the product of longtime political enemies. The report, formally released Wednesday, accuses Rackauckas of political cronyism and meddling in cases that involve campaign contributors, among other transgressions. Rackauckas vowed to rebut the 130-page report's findings in detail.
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June 19, 2002 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The nonprofit charity group established by Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas has refused a request by the Orange County Board of Supervisors for a detailed breakdown of the organization's spending, citing attorney-client protections.
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