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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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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.
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.
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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.
NEWS
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."
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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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.
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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.
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