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OPINION
May 4, 2012
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas has spent three years defending an indefensible tactic that denies individuals the right to due process before they are named in a gang injunction. A federal judge has ruled it unconstitutional, but Rackauckas has now appealed that decision. He should abandon this costly and misguided legal battle that is little more than an attempt to bend the rules. Injunctions are powerful tools that can help law enforcement combat gangs. The theory is that by placing restrictions on the conduct of gang members - such as imposing curfews on them or limiting where they can congregate - the injunction will undercut a gang's ability to control the streets and commit crimes.
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OPINION
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.
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April 6, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An attorney for a top Orange County prosecutor on Thursday accused Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas of trying to fire his client in retaliation for reporting alleged criminal conduct by the district attorney. Assistant Dist. Atty. Mike Jacobs, a 25-year prosecutor who has handled some of the county's most sensational cases, was escorted out of the office Monday and handed a termination notice.
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June 26, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a blow to Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas, the state attorney general's office announced Monday that prosecutors will not charge two of his investigators accused of stealing evidence in an extortion case involving a friend of Rackauckas'. The decision is the first in several cases being reviewed by state prosecutors after a political scandal in which several employees accused Rackauckas of political favoritism.
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February 7, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
A former Marine already accused of murdering four homeless men was charged Monday in the October stabbing deaths of his high school friend's mother and older brother. Itzcoatl Ocampo, 23, was linked to the double homicide after a DNA match was made from clothing retrieved from Ocampo's home and DNA recovered at the crime scene. The bodies of Raquel Estrada, 53, and her son, Juan Herrera, 34, were found inside their home in Yorba Linda on Oct. 25. Like the four homeless men, both had been stabbed dozens of times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Not even Orange County's top prosecutor himself could say with any certainty Tuesday whether the acquittal of two former police officers in a widely watched case will damage his political career or tarnish his legacy. Tony Rackauckas, who tried former officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli himself, stuck to his position that the Kelly Thomas case deserved to be brought before a jury. Still, the man who has been Orange County's district attorney for more than 15 years allowed that there could be political damage.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER and JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
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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.
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