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Veteran prosecutor Steve Cooley brought an end to Gil Garcetti's turbulent eight years as Los Angeles County district attorney Tuesday, rolling to a commanding victory after a bitter campaign fueled by deep-seated differences of personality and policy. Analysts were quick to attribute Cooley's margin to voter discontent over the Rampart police scandal and leftover resentment about the O.J. Simpson case. With two-thirds of the vote counted, Cooley was leading by nearly 2-1.
February 23, 2000 | Interviewed by Times staff writers Molly Selvin, Peter Y. Hong and Tim Rutten
STEVE COOLEY, 52, is one of three candidates for Los Angeles County district attorney. During his 26 years as a deputy district attorney, Cooley ran the office's Antelope Valley and San Fernando branches, founded the major narcotics unit and now heads the welfare fraud division. He was interviewed by Times staff writers Molly Selvin, Peter Y. Hong and Tim Rutten. Question: Crime is down. Rampart scandal aside, why do we need a new district attorney?
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."
November 10, 2000
On Tuesday night an event occurred that hasn't happened in Los Angeles for a long time. At the Sheraton Universal Hotel, in one room, hundreds of deputy district attorneys, defense lawyers and L.A. County judges gathered and celebrated. While each sector may have had its own personal reasons for celebrating Steve Cooley's win, the genuine camaraderie among these usually warring factions spoke well of Cooley's ability to reach out to the whole criminal justice legal community, or of years of Gil Garcetti karma coming home to roost.
November 14, 2000
Activist Earl Ofari Hutchinson and the attorney representing the family of a homeless woman shot to death by Los Angeles police last year urged Dist. Atty.-elect Steve Cooley on Monday to reinvestigate the incident. Margaret Mitchell, a 102-pound, 55-year-old mentally ill woman, was shot and killed by bicycle Officer Edward Larrigan in March 1999 after she allegedly brandished a screwdriver.
December 7, 2005
Re "Officer Not Charged in Death of Teenager," Dec. 6 By not prosecuting Los Angeles Police Officer Steve Garcia in the death of Devin Brown, L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley showed the common sense and courage that Garcia's LAPD bosses have not. Despite the LAPD's Hollywood-style re-creation of the shooting, and in direct contrast to The Times' description of Brown as an "unarmed 13-year-old," Cooley saw the shooting for what it was -- an officer making a split-second decision to defend himself from a driver armed with a multi-ton weapon.
January 25, 2008 | Joel Rubin
A City Council committee Thursday debated a proposed anti-corruption policy that would require several hundred narcotics and anti-gang police officers to disclose personal financial information. The Public Safety Committee heard more than two hours of testimony from city, police and police union officials, as well as Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley. Siding with union leaders who oppose the plan, Cooley warned that if the policy is implemented, it could harm police work as officers have threatened to leave the drug and anti-gang units rather than agree to the disclosures.
January 16, 2008 | Jack Leonard
The county Board of Supervisors, despite looming budget problems, voted Tuesday to raise the district attorney's pay by 23%. The raise will take effect Dec. 1, when the next four-year term for the winner of this year's district attorney election begins. So far, incumbent Steve Cooley has reported raising more than $700,000 in campaign funds versus about $23,000 by rival candidate Steven J. Ipsen. County executives recommended the raise from $236,829 a year to $292,300, saying it would bring the salary into line with those of other county department heads.
February 20, 2008 | David Zahniser
City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo, who will be forced out of office by term limits next year, has decided not to run for district attorney in the June 3 local election, a spokesman said Tuesday. Today is the deadline for candidates to turn in signatures to run for the post, which is occupied by Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley. Cooley is running for another four-year term. Two years ago, Delgadillo pursued an unsuccessful bid for state attorney general, losing to former Gov. Jerry Brown in the race for the Democratic nomination.
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