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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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
December 1, 2002
Information coming out about the district attorney's office leaves the public with no better answers, only more questions. The latest and strangest shoe to drop: One of Tony Rackauckas' top investigators was wearing a wire around the office, taping conversations without his boss' knowledge. Michael Clesceri, the assistant chief of investigations for the district attorney, was doing a little extracurricular snooping for state Atty. Gen.
July 6, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Orange County's chief executive officer could be terminated in response to allegations that a former county administrator sexually harassed at least seven women over the span of eight years on and around government property. In a memo Thursday , Board of Supervisors Chairman John Moorlach requested a special closed session on Friday to discuss the possible discipline or termination of Tom Mauk and the appointment of an interim county executive officer. The move comes after Carlos Bustamante, a Santa Ana city councilman and former administrator in the county public works department, was charged this week with 12 felonies, including stalking, attempted sexual battery by restraint and six counts of false imprisonment.
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