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December 23, 2007 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
Most know Steve Cooley as Los Angeles County's district attorney. But the Los Angeles native also is a history buff, and his collection of memorabilia has turned part of his office suite into a museum of sorts. The three floors near the top of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Building in downtown Los Angeles, domain of the district attorney's office, house a cache of mementos, evidence from prominent trials and even artwork.
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July 25, 2008 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Charges have been filed against 21 people accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $2 million in benefits from a state-funded program designed to help the disabled or elderly receive in-home care, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley announced Thursday. A growing number of fake identities are being used to scam the $1.6-billion program, called In-Home Supportive Services, which is administered by the county, Cooley said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1996 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The district attorney's election might have been fiercely fought between a prosecutor from Norwalk and a downtown incumbent, but the fallout seems to be landing most heavily at the Van Nuys courthouse. On Friday, jittery prosecutors gossiped in the hallways and at holiday gatherings about the transfers of the two head deputy district attorneys who have shared a single roof since the Northridge earthquake. Both were supporters of Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti's opponent, John Lynch.
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December 23, 2007 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
Most know Steve Cooley as Los Angeles County's district attorney. But the Los Angeles native also is a history buff, and his collection of memorabilia has turned part of his office suite into a museum of sorts. The three floors near the top of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Building in downtown Los Angeles, domain of the district attorney's office, house a cache of mementos, evidence from prominent trials and even artwork.
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March 15, 1993 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Judge Armand Arabian opened the San Fernando Courthouse in 1983 he dubbed it "Fort San Fernando" amid hopes that it would gain a reputation where justice would be "swift, certain and substantial." In the nearly 10 years since, justice in the North Valley District, if not always swift, has certainly been substantial. It has meant tougher sentences than in most other courthouses in the county.
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September 11, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Steve Cooley, who wants to be Los Angeles County's next district attorney, cranks into high gear on the campaign trail, he is almost certain to bring up "the Uzi killer of Calabasas." The phrase has a nice, alliterative ring to it, which Cooley uses to full effect: "the OOOZY KILLer of KAL-uh-BASS-us." It refers to an especially chilling murder case that, Cooley says, typifies the failure of his opponent, incumbent Gil Garcetti, to turn his rhetorical support for gun control into action.
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November 12, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Did Gil Garcetti ever have a chance? Under other circumstances, it might be an odd question to ask about a charismatic, savvy district attorney who had the support of virtually the entire Los Angeles County political establishment in his bid for a third term. But after Steve Cooley's landslide victory Tuesday, Garcetti's political advisors have been left wondering if there was anything they could have done to win. The answer: probably not, short of finding a new candidate.
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November 30, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
The author of California's three-strikes law on Wednesday accused incoming Los Angeles Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley of preparing to "let career, serious and violent criminals off the hook" if their third felonies are nonviolent. "It's just a matter of time," California Secretary of State Bill Jones said, "before one of these violent career criminals who could have been removed from our neighborhoods for a nonviolent felony will be released to rape, rob, molest or murder innocent Californians."
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July 25, 2008 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Charges have been filed against 21 people accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $2 million in benefits from a state-funded program designed to help the disabled or elderly receive in-home care, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley announced Thursday. A growing number of fake identities are being used to scam the $1.6-billion program, called In-Home Supportive Services, which is administered by the county, Cooley said.
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December 6, 2000 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On his first full day on the job Tuesday, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley announced highly anticipated changes in his executive management staff. The appointees include two holdovers from the administration of former Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti, career prosecutors, former ranking members of the district attorney's office and a former Municipal Court judge. The job of second-in-command went to Curt Livesay, who will be interim chief deputy.
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July 15, 2007 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
During a drunken rampage at a Los Angeles hotel in 2005, off-duty Yuba City Police Officer Jesus Barrios groped the breast of a female colleague and pointed his .40-caliber service weapon at guests in the lobby. When Los Angeles police arrived, Barrios led them on a brief chase and had to be physically restrained. A test later revealed that his blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.
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January 11, 2007 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said Wednesday that a sting operation by his office had turned up an auto insurance scam resulting in criminal charges against 101 defendants.
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August 24, 2006 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
On the day he was sworn in more than six years ago, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley pledged to clean up public corruption, repeating a quote from former Dist. Atty. and state Atty. Gen. Evelle Younger: "If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters." Within weeks, he had set up a public integrity division to go after suspected crooked politicians and illegal influence peddlers.
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April 2, 2006 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
Deborah Peagler thought she would be home for Christmas. Eight months ago, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said Peagler should be freed from the life prison term she has been serving for 23 years for helping to kill her live-in boyfriend in an Inglewood park. Cooley said then that he believed Peagler, 46, had been a battered woman. That was not considered in 1983 when she pleaded guilty to first-degree murder to avoid a death sentence.
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December 13, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley on Monday named veteran prosecutor and administrator John Spillane as his second in command. Spillane, currently Cooley's chief of operations, will take over from Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Curt Livesay, who will retire next month after 40 years with the prosecutor's office. Cooley tapped longtime prosecutor Jacquelyn Lacey as operations chief.
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April 1, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has announced he doesn't plan to run for state attorney general in 2006. Cooley, who was reelected as the county's chief prosecutor in 2004, said he felt flattered by the many calls he received from supporters urging him to run for the state office but added that he has decided to remain in his current post until 2008.
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April 1, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has announced he doesn't plan to run for state attorney general in 2006. Cooley, who was reelected as the county's chief prosecutor in 2004, said he felt flattered by the many calls he received from supporters urging him to run for the state office but added that he has decided to remain in his current post until 2008.
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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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March 4, 2004 | Jessica Garrison and Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writers
A day after Los Angeles officials adopted stricter rules on political fundraising, Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said for the first time Wednesday that fundraising by members of Mayor James K. Hahn's administration was a focus of the grand jury probe of City Hall. The district attorney, who was reelected Tuesday, said his office was trying to determine whether mayoral aides and city commissioners had engaged in "heavy-handed political fundraising that stinks, or is it something more than that?"
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February 13, 2004 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
The felony conviction this week of former Compton Mayor Omar Bradley for misusing public money gave Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley a high-profile victory in his campaign to clean up local corruption -- and win reelection. With less than three weeks before the March 2 election, Cooley said the guilty verdicts in the Bradley case prove his ability to prosecute public officials who commit crimes. "I think there are people out there that are going, 'Am I next?'
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