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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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March 7, 2002 | STUART PFEIFER and MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A day after Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas handily won a bitter reelection showdown, he transferred or demoted some of his loudest critics amid calls for unity in the district attorney's office. The election fight between Rackauckas and Deputy Dist. Atty. Wally Wade was the most bitter district attorney race in recent memory, dividing many in the office.
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December 28, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Grand Jury has opened a wide-ranging examination of the district attorney's office, which has been mired in internal strife and allegations of wrongdoing and conflicts of interest for more than a year. Several current and former prosecutors said they have received subpoenas requiring them to testify before the panel's criminal justice committee, which evaluates the efficiency of the county's justice system and issues reports to the Board of Supervisors.
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December 7, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County officials agreed Thursday to pay a cash settlement to the former top assistant in the district attorney's office who sued the county last year after being demoted, according to sources familiar with the case. Devallis Rutledge alleged in his lawsuit that he was unfairly demoted because he refused to get his wife to drop her lawsuit against the district attorney's office. The settlement came shortly before Dist. Atty.
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December 6, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The race for district attorney intensified this week as a group of attorneys voted not to endorse their own boss, who is seeking reelection. Lawyers in the Orange County district attorney's office disclosed Tuesday that they endorse veteran prosecutor Wally Wade for district attorney. By declining to support incumbent Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas, the Assn. of Orange County Deputy District Attorneys gave Wade his most significant endorsement in the campaign.
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