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April 11, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
A veteran Orange County district attorney's investigator who was fired after he refused to drop his probe into one of the district attorney's close friends and political contributors has, for a second time, won back his job and will probably get more than $1 million in back pay. Lyle Wilson was fired in 2002 for his handling of an investigation into the business dealings of Patrick Di Carlo, a wealthy Newport Beach businessman and supporter of...
May 24, 2005 | Andrew Wang, Times Staff Writer
A man convicted more than 27 years ago of molesting children in Costa Mesa but who fled to Florida before sentencing was arrested last week in Miami, authorities said Monday. George Joseph England, 60, was arrested Thursday on two unrelated federal charges of carrying a false passport, Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said. England was convicted in 1977 of molesting three girls in his motor home in the parking lot of an apartment building.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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