Jackie Lacey and Steve Cooley stave off union busting and perjury allegations until December 4th. One day after Jackie Lacey is sworn in to office she prepares for trial. Steve Cooley makes his way to federal court for union busting over the past decade. (Read first amended complaint here) Jackie Lacey testified in an Employee Relations Commission hearing, under oath, that she warned well respected Deputy DA Rob Dver to stay away from the union or it would be bad for his career. (Jackie Lacey transcript #1) (Jackie Lacey transcript #2) Rob Dver testified that elected District Attorney Steve Cooley told him to stay away from the union and was then transferred to a lesser assignment. (Rob Dver-transcript) Jackie Lacey later perjured herself when she recanted her testimony claiming the “twinkie defense”. (Lacey perjury transcript) She said her original testimony, under oath, in front of the Employee Relations Commission was inaccurate because she had “low blood sugar” and was “obviously confused.” Her poor eating habits were her excuse when she realized the impact of her statements about Steve Cooley and his anti-union behavior. Jones Day will likely argue that Lacey and Cooley were merely warning their friend not to work with Steve Ipsen, an accomplished trial attorney with an outstanding trial record, and the prosecutors union. Unfortunately, this violates the United States Constitution under the 1st Amendment. Lacey and Cooley are at the helm of turmoil that has plagued the DAs office for the past 10 years. They are accused of violating the union members’ rights of free speech and rights of association under the federal constitution.
Back in October Marc Debbaudt and the Association of Deputy District Attorneys were awarded $450,000 and $157,000 respectively in damages to pay for attorneys fees and compensation for harming the ADDA and Debbaudt’s career when Steve Cooley settled those two portions of the federal law suit for union busting. Cooley is represented by Jones Day and has racked up millions in dollars in attorneys fees at the expense of the tax payers. Cooley has refused to settle the portion of the law suit with regards to the former ADDA President Steve Ipsen and current ADDA President Hyatt Seligman. Clearly the cases brought about by Debbeaut and the ADDA were so egregious that even Jones Day couldn’t defend Cooley’s shenanigans.
Inside sources reveal that the Board of Supervisors approved payment for the damages, but the ADDA and Marc Debbaudt have yet to receive payment. The trial for Steve Ipsen and Hyatt Seligman was supposed to begin this month, but postponed until June. If the Board of Supervisors were planning on delaying payment to see if Ipsen and Seligman won their trials, they could refuse to pay in the event Ipsen and Seligman lost. That would send Debbaudt back to court. Will the Board of Supervisors delay payment to the ADDA and Marc Debbaudt for six more months? That has yet to be determined.
THE SOULVINE: COST OF UNION BUSTING
By BETTY PLEASANT, Contributing Editor
Story Created: Sep 28, 2011 at 7:09 PM PDT
As anticipated, the lawsuit against District Attorney Steve Cooley and his joined-at-the-hip cohort, Jacquelyn Lacey, for their union busting campaign to thwart the organizing of their subordinate deputies in the District Attorney’s office, is costing us taxpayers a fortune.
Oh, and you know that face-slapping preliminary injunction Judge Otis Wright issued on March 2, 2010 against Cooley for his flagrant anti-union actions? Well, last week’s settlement stipulates that the injunction be declared permanent and in full effect for as long as Cooley is the D.A. — “including both his current term and any subsequent terms.”
But wait. That’s not all. We know that whenever private citizens sue a government entity, we, the taxpayers, have to pay the price. When this matter came up, I decried the fact that the tax-supported county counsel was defending Cooley/Lacey against this suit. I felt, and still feel, that the Cooley/Lacey crimes are outside the realm of prosecutorial immunity and that — like Rep. Laura Richardson and other alleged law-breaking federal officials — these two should pay for their own defense. The on-the-payroll county counsel started working on the Cooley/Lacey defense, but then passed it off to the big time downtown law firm of Jones Day, which is expected to earn big time fees for representing these two miscreants. So, at a time when government coffers are supposed to be at an all-time low, we taxpayers must pay for the settlements and/or awards to five plaintiffs, the salary of the county counsel and the fees for Jones Day — all because Cooley didn’t want his deputies to form a union.
You know what else Cooley did? He did what he always does: He manipulated the justice system to meet his own ends. He engineered a stipulation to dismiss Lacey from the lawsuit, leaving only himself to blame. Why did he do that? It’s obvious. He desperately wants Lacey to succeed him as D.A. and he wanted the taint of this suit removed from her while she’s running for his office. Ah-h-h, he’s so sweet. He’s so helpful to her. That’s why Lacey loves him so and why she says, “working for this man makes my heart glow.”
There is nothing Cooley won’t do to get Lacey elected, up to and including bad-mouthing his old friend and staunch supporter City Attorney Carmen Trutunich and calling in all of his Republican markers so Lacey can have plenty of money to run on. Well, it’s a long time until election day and this thing can get very ugly, particularly in the Black community where the effect of the current Cooley/Lacey regime in the D.A.’s office has been onerous.