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October 19, 2010
Steve Cooley Party: Republican Occupation: Los Angeles County District Attorney Age: 63, born in Los Angeles Residence: Rancho Palos Verdes Personal: Wife, Jana Cooley; two adult children; one granddaughter Education: Bachelor's degree, social science and history, Cal State L.A.; J.D., USC Law Center Career highlights: Joined L.A. County district attorney's office in 1973 as a law...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Former Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has called for an additional criminal investigation into the case of alleged improper political donations to the campaign of San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis. In a letter this week to California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, Cooley said that although there was already a federal criminal case underway, there may be "violations of state and municipal codes" that are outside the jurisdiction of federal prosecutors.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Former Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley and former Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Jackson have joined a high - stakes Hollywood legal battle related to the failed movie business dealings of construction magnate Ron Tutor and a partner. Last month, Cooley and Jackson became members of the legal team representing controversial film financier David Bergstein, who is involved in several lawsuits associated with the bankruptcies of film companies he co-owned with Tutor, the chief executive of Tutor Perini Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A Los Angeles judge has thrown out a county commission's finding that former Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley retaliated against officials with the county prosecutors' union, concluding that two key commission officials privately mocked Cooley and were biased against him. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin ruled that email exchanges between the county Employee Relations Commission's executive director and a hearing officer showed that...
OPINION
July 30, 2012
The landmark 1963 Supreme Court decision in Brady vs. Maryland requires that prosecutors turn over to defense attorneys any evidence that could help a defendant prove his innocence and prevent a miscarriage of justice. Making sure that "exculpatory" evidence is shared with the defense is fundamental to a fair trial. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office under Steve Cooley has been known for the seriousness with which it takes the Brady requirement. A decade ago, in the aftermath of the LAPD's Rampart scandal, Cooley convened a group of experts, including defense attorneys, and carefully worked out a policy to address the treatment of Brady material.
OPINION
February 20, 2010 | Patt Morrison
Steve Cooley's isn't a face that's all over YouTube or the nightly news, and he's fine with that. In spite of the celeb cases that have come through the county district attorney's office -- the decades-long case against Roman Polanski and murder cases like Phil Spector's (convicted) and Robert Blake's (acquitted, which prompted Cooley to declare him nonetheless "guilty as sin" and the jury "incredibly stupid") -- Cooley is more in Hollywood than of it. But you may be seeing more of Los Angeles County's D.A.: he's running for state attorney general.
OPINION
April 29, 2010
The Republican race for attorney general has so far consisted mostly of an ill-informed, ideologically driven dissection of Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley's approach to prosecuting criminals under California's three-strikes law. Cooley's critics, led by state Sen. Tom Harman (R-Huntington Beach) and former Chapman law school dean John Eastman, portray him as both rigid and softheaded on the law and suggest that he's coddling career criminals. In fact, Cooley has adamantly supported three strikes — too adamantly for our taste, as it's a woefully blunt instrument that borrows a sentencing regime from the rules of baseball.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Former Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has called for an additional criminal investigation into the case of alleged improper political donations to the campaign of San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis. In a letter this week to California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, Cooley said that although there was already a federal criminal case underway, there may be "violations of state and municipal codes" that are outside the jurisdiction of federal prosecutors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2010 | By Jack Leonard and Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley convincingly won the GOP primary for attorney general on Tuesday, giving Republicans a strong chance at capturing the state's top law enforcement job in the November contest. His San Francisco counterpart, Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris, overcame an aggressive — and expensive — challenge in the Democratic primary as she seeks to become the first woman, first Asian and first African American to serve as attorney general. Former Los Angeles City Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A Los Angeles judge has thrown out a county commission's finding that former Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley retaliated against officials with the county prosecutors' union, concluding that two key commission officials privately mocked Cooley and were biased against him. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin ruled that email exchanges between the county Employee Relations Commission's executive director and a hearing officer showed that...
NEWS
July 19, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez
In the seven months since Jackie Lacey took over as Los Angeles County district attorney, she has largely stayed out of the public spotlight. But Wednesday, she was handed a very public loss after the California Supreme Court refused to take up an appeal filed by Lacey's office involving four Irwindale officials who were indicted in 2011 for embezzlement. Lacey had asked the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court decision that had tossed out the indictment because it found prosecutors failed to meet their obligation to gather all potentially exculpatory material and disclose it to the grand jury.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Former Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley and former Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Jackson have joined a high - stakes Hollywood legal battle related to the failed movie business dealings of construction magnate Ron Tutor and a partner. Last month, Cooley and Jackson became members of the legal team representing controversial film financier David Bergstein, who is involved in several lawsuits associated with the bankruptcies of film companies he co-owned with Tutor, the chief executive of Tutor Perini Corp.
NEWS
June 11, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez
Fifty years after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Brady vs. Maryland, which established that prosecutors have a constitutional obligation to disclose information favorable to defendants, the debate continues over whether prosecutors are skirting that obligation. In Los Angeles, the debate was revived last year when the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California sued Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley's office, alleging that prosecutors were routinely concealing so-called Brady material.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2013 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County prosecutors failed to present grand jurors with evidence favorable to Irwindale officials before seeking an indictment in connection with lavish business trips that city officials took to New York, a panel of state appellate justices said Thursday. The appeals court panel threw out the embezzlement counts against four Irwindale officials, who prosecutors said enjoyed meals at pricey restaurants, attended Broadway shows and saw baseball games paid for by the city during trips to meet with bond raters in an effort to obtain better bond ratings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2013 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich offers an explanation for why his reelection challenger has racked up the lion's share of endorsements as the May 21 runoff approaches: "He's part of the old-boys club; he's a career politician and I'm independent. " But former lawmaker Mike Feuer points to the backing he's received from hundreds of elected officials - including both of California's U.S. senators - civic and other groups, environmental organizations, labor, law and community leaders as evidence of "a clear desire for change" in the city's top legal post.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2013 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Alan Jackson, a veteran Los Angeles County prosecutor whose bid to become district attorney ended in defeat in November, is leaving the district attorney's office to join a private, downtown firm that practices civil law. Jackson, 47, said his last day in the office he sought to lead will be Feb. 15. He will pursue a career as a civil litigator with Palmer, Lombardi and Donohue, whose three partners were political supporters of his election campaign....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2010 | By Jack Leonard and Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writers
Democrats completed a clean sweep of California's statewide offices Wednesday as Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley conceded the race for attorney general, ending weeks of uncertainty in one of the closest statewide elections in California history. With the number of uncounted ballots dwindling and his rival's lead at more than 50,000 votes, Cooley telephoned San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris early Wednesday to congratulate the Democratic victor. Cooley's loss delivered yet another blow to state Republicans reeling from their failure to capture the governor's mansion or a U.S. Senate seat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2011 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said Tuesday that he would not run for a fourth term as the county's top prosecutor, ending intense speculation and setting the stage for the most competitive district attorney's race in more than a decade. Cooley had remained coy for months about his political future and his decision promises to have a dramatic effect on the 2012 election campaign, which features several candidates who had promised to pull out if Cooley ran again. Cooley told The Times that many of his law enforcement supporters encouraged him to seek reelection but that he decided instead to help Chief Deputy Dist.
OPINION
January 16, 2013 | Patt Morrison
It's a tidy coincidence that Jackie Lacey, newly elected as Los Angeles County's first female and first African American district attorney, is a graduate of the city's Susan Miller Dorsey High School, named for L.A.'s first female schools superintendent. Lacey was sworn in in December, and she's now ensconced in the D.A.'s offices on the criminal courthouse's 18th floor, where her picture will join those of 160 years' worth of white men who've held the title, among them Gen. George S. Patton's father.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2012 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
A federal civil jury has rejected claims that retired Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley violated the civil rights of two former leaders of the union that represents county prosecutors when they were transferred to other positions within the district attorney's office. One of Cooley's lawyers hailed the verdict in the long-running dispute as an important legal victory, saying jurors took about 11/2 hours to conclude that the then-district attorney and his office reassigned the prosecutors for legitimate management reasons.
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