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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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
August 25, 2004 | Dana Parsons
The former prosecutor was, by all accounts, a crackerjack judge. In one highly publicized case, he made the kind of ruling you'd expect only from the gutsiest and most principled of jurists: Not trusting key pieces of evidence in a murder trial, he tossed aside the jury's guilty verdict and, on the day he was expected to sentence the defendant to life in prison, instead ordered a new trial.
March 11, 2001
Re "Politics and the D.A," an Orange County editorial on Feb. 25: Your description of the activities of Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas as "walking a fine line" is generous. His pattern of favoritism to political supporters and donors and excessive politicalization of the office evidences multiple line crossings. The editorial highlights the several instances of avoiding the merit system in making promotions and hirings in the office. There have been repeated news reports of how campaign donors have received special treatment.
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