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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."
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.
February 6, 2012 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
With the race for district attorney heating up, Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, the obvious front-runner, recently listed key supporters who endorse him, including the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Assn., the Los Angeles School Police Assn. and the National Assn. of Prosecuting Attorneys. The problem: It was news to them. Officials with the three law enforcement groups told The Times last week that they were surprised to learn that Trutanich has touted them as endorsers, saying their organizations have yet to formally decide whom, if anyone, to back, in this year's race to become the county's top prosecutor.
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.
September 6, 2001
In attempting to defend the misguided three-strikes law, Richard Murphy (letter, Aug. 31) asserts that the infamous pizza theft was a robbery. The facts are to the contrary. As reported in The Times (Jan. 21, 1995), Jerry Williams was convicted of petty theft, not robbery. That offense, usually a misdemeanor, was a felony only because Williams had prior theft convictions. In fact, under former Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti, nonviolent offenders were routinely subjected to life terms. The election of the more reasonable Dist.
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