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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
January 13, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Two former Fullerton police officers accused of beating a homeless man to death in a crowded bus depot  were found not guilty on all charges Monday, ending a case prosecutors said offered jurors an opportunity to send the public a "message. " Both Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli lowered their heads as the verdicts were read. The family of the homeless man, Kelly Thomas, sobbed as the court clerk read the "not guilty" verdicts. The verdict comes after three weeks of testimony but only one full day of jury deliberation.
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
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
September 22, 2011 | By Abby Sewell, Richard Winton and Scott Gold Los Angeles Times
Orange County prosecutors charged two veteran Fullerton police officers in the death of a mentally ill homeless man, accusing them of a callous cascade of violence against Kelly Thomas as he begged for his life. Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas on Wednesday said what began as routine questioning by police devolved into a "beating at the hands of an angry police officer," with other officers eventually joining in. He stressed that Thomas did not provoke the attack and that all of his movements were purely defensive.
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.
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?
OPINION
July 7, 2002
Re "Outside Inquiry of D.A. Ordered," June 29: I never cease to be amazed at the lengths to which entrenched government bureaucrats will go to trash someone trying to clean things up. Tony Rackauckas was elected in 1998 with a mandate to toss out the corrupt and abusive members of the Capizzi-Wade administration. Rackauckas did that, and now, a grand jury, hijacked by those same people, issues a self-righteous (and taxpayer-funded) "report" condemning him for his efforts. Rackauckas should be praised, not scorned.
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