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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A veteran Orange County prosecutor announced Tuesday that he will oppose his boss in the March election for district attorney. This will be the second campaign for Deputy Dist. Atty. Wally Wade, a prosecutor for 25 years, who three years ago lost to current Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
The former spokeswoman for Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas has filed suit against her former boss for wrongful termination, saying that she refused to blacklist certain reporters and serve as a "political flack." Michelle Emard also contends she was defamed by the defendants, who accused her of being dishonest. They include Deputy Dist. Atty. Susan Schroeder, whose husband ran Rackauckas' election campaign, and Rackauckas. Emard was hired in September 2002 and fired May 27.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Former Fullerton Police Officer Manuel Ramos went from unprofessional to threatening in his interaction with Kelly Thomas, to the point where the mentally ill homeless man had the right to defend himself, Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas told jurors Tuesday. “He knew clearly he was out of bounds, out of bounds of his authority of proper police conduct. He knew he had created a right to self-defense on the part of Kelly Thomas,” Rackauckas said. Rackauckas presented his closing argument Tuesday in the criminal case against Ramos and former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2002
Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said he will vote next month in favor of converting the closed El Toro Marine Corps Air Station into a public park instead of the airport envisioned by county authorities. "It's very important for people to decide the quality-of-life issue of whether there should be an airport in the heart of our county," he said Thursday during an interview with an anti-airport Web site.
OPINION
February 2, 2003
Re "Hey Tony, This Term Don't Be a Wiseguy," Jan. 22: It's all politics as usual, whether it's possible war in Iraq or war in the Orange County district attorney's office. Tony Rackauckas, a former judge, is well-aware of conflicts of interest, yet is unable to avoid the appearance of impropriety or conflicts? And what about the cost to the taxpayers for all the wrongful-termination actions brought against the county by fired and transferred employees? Anyone who supported his opponent in the election was denied the right of free speech based upon his dictatorial office policy.
OPINION
June 22, 2003
Re "Infant Murder Charges Dropped," June 11: How much longer can Orange County voters put up with the incompetence of Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas? A Superior Court judge threw out first-degree murder charges against Teresa Hurtado, a young woman who had been incarcerated since May 5, after the district attorney's office claimed that she had caused the death of an infant when baby-sitting. Had they bothered to check on the child's health record or even waited for the autopsy results, which clearly showed that the child had a congenital heart defect, this young innocent woman could have been spared the nightmare of being held in jail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A veteran Orange County prosecutor announced Tuesday that he will oppose his boss in the March election for district attorney. This will be the second campaign for Deputy Dist. Atty. Wally Wade, who three years ago lost to current Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas. Wade, a prosecutor for 25 years, announced his candidacy in a news release Tuesday. He enters the campaign in a year that Rackauckas has been forced to defend his involvement in cases involving friends and political allies.
NEWS
January 27, 2002
Re "Man Jailed 2 Years Sees Case Voided," Jan. 12: I could not help but feel sorry for George Lopez, the young man who was wrongly jailed for armed robbery. I was disturbed, however, to read that Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas didn't seem to think that similar cases in which the system broke down should be examined so this doesn't happen again. What is the harm in studying your procedures to see if you can prevent this kind of heartbreak? Even if it's your election opponent who suggests such a review, if it's a good idea, why not adopt it?
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