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December 19, 2008 | Christine Hanley
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas' testimony Friday at the federal corruption trial of former Sheriff Michael S. Carona provided the first detailed glimpse into how his office handled the prosecution of the son of an assistant sheriff charged in a high-profile sexual assault case.
December 2, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
The trial of two Fullerton police officers accused of killing a mentally ill homeless man began in dramatic fashion Monday with the Orange County district attorney taking the rare step of arguing the case personally, at one point holding a wooden baton to recreate the deadly confrontation. "The conduct of these two officers who are on trial here went far beyond what is acceptable in a free society," Tony Rackauckas told jurors in a packed Santa Ana courtroom. The death of Kelly Thomas in 2011 generated national attention, marking a rare instance in which police officers are being criminally charged for an on-duty fatality.
A 25-year veteran Orange County prosecutor who sought a state attorney general investigation of his boss, Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas, was placed on administrative leave Monday and told he will be fired. The stunning move against Mike Jacobs has fueled Rackauckas' critics, who say he has politicized the office and acted vindictively toward employees who cross him. Rackauckas refused, through a spokesperson, to discuss Jacobs' standing in the office.
January 27, 2002 | DANA PARSONS
Suggestion to Wally Wade: Pack it up. It's all over. Thanks for playing our game and please drive home safely. For a while there, it looked like things were going Wade's way in his rematch with Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas. Wade, a deputy district attorney trying to unseat his boss, has racked up some meaty endorsements, and Rackauckas appeared wobbly. Then came Saturday's photo op on the sidewalk outside the D.A.'s office, which may have left Wade rethinking this endorsement thing.
January 6, 2002
As director of administrative services for the district attorney's office from 1969 to 1992, I prepared responses to several grand jury audits for the D.A.'s review and signature. Never was anyone subpoenaed for these audits, and the only ones asking questions and reviewing files were nonlegal staff from the contracted consulting firms performing the audit. Your Dec. 29 story quoted Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas' spokesman describing the recently announced grand jury investigation as a "routine audit."
June 29, 2003 | William R. Mitchell
The recent termination of Michelle Emard as media director for the Orange County district attorney's office is a reminder of the mounting mismanagement and misconduct by Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas. In spite of Rackauckas' promises of improvement, the grievance memo written by Emard shows that the problems are serious and getting worse. The performance of the district attorney is of no small consequence. He determines against whom punishment should be sought, and the level of that punishment.
September 28, 2002 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer has ended a probe into allegations that Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas engaged in political favoritism, intervened in criminal cases involving campaign contributors and misused public resources. Lockyer's action closes the books on the Rackauckas case and comes the same week the Board of Supervisors decided to take no action against the district attorney.
December 30, 2001
Re "Orange County D.A. Will Close Foundation," Dec. 15. What has become of our district attorney's office? Official comment from the Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas' spin team, after the attorney general found financial improprieties, was that they were glad the attorney general didn't file criminal charges against Rackauckas regarding his financially mismanaged "foundation." Further, news accounts reported that courts would supervise the disbursal of funds in the questionable "charity" now that Rackauckas is forced to close it down under threat of investigation.
Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said Thursday that he will hand off to state officials any prosecution of an extortion case involving a friend and political contributor amid questions over whether his role amounted to a conflict of interest. His decision involves the case of Newport Beach businessman Patrick DiCarlo, who in April came to Rackauckas to say he was being extorted as part of a business deal gone sour. The D.A.
May 15, 2011 | By Alexandra Baird, Los Angeles Times
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas will appear before the Huntington Beach City Council on Monday to urge adoption of a municipal ordinance that would ban sex offenders from visiting city recreational sites. Last week, Rackauckas visited Irvine and urged the City Council there to enact a similar ban that would be modeled on a county law. Irvine Councilman Jeff Lalloway introduced such a proposal at Tuesday's session, saying it would ban sex offenders from city parks and playgrounds.
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